Sheriff warns of phone scammers

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of scam artists who are placing phone calls and promising a big windfall if the resident sends cash to the caller.

The sheriff’s office issued a statement about the scams, which have occurred in the area before. However, a recent caller told the intended victim he/she had won a million dollars, but the victim needed to send the caller a large amount of money to get the winnings.

The statement urges anyone who receives calls like this to tell the person not to call again and hang up. In many cases, the callers are from overseas, are quite experienced, and may sound very convincing.

The sheriff’s advice: Don’t carry on a conversation with the caller, never give out any of your personal information, and report repeated calls to your local police. 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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