Lancaster Police warn of recent scams

LANCASTER, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police in Lancaster are warning their residents of various scams which are victimizing many across western New York.

They’re warning their residents to be wary of a grandparent scam, which is intended to take advantage of the elderly. Scam artists will call around and if an elderly person picks up the phone, the scam artist will pose as a grandchild in distress to get money.

As they frequently do, scammers across the nation are still using the fake IRS phone call, which threatens lawsuits, legal action and foreclosures if money isn’t given to the scammer. IRS officials say they will never call individual homes.

Job seekers are also a target. Fake job postings online claim to want to hire people immediately, and request personal information — which allows scammers to steal identities and money.

Police say be wary of those who are out to deceive you, and always ask for credentials when possible. 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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