Caller posing as sheriff employee threatens citizen

LITTLE VALLEY, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office is warning people not to be fooled by a caller posing as one of their employees.

One citizen recently reported giving credit card information over the phone to settle some unpaid debt. The caller pretended to represent the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office and threatened to have the citizen arrested if they didn’t pay up for a past due bill for some tools purchased.

The caller ID showed up on the victim’s phone as 938-9191, which is the actual phone number to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb warns that criminals are able to disguise their actual caller ID through a computer program.

Whitcomb advises that it is not the practice of the sheriff’s office to place calls to people to collect unpaid bills and citizens are warned to never give out personal bank or credit card information to anyone over the phone unless you are certain that the caller is legitimate. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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