WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The New York State Police Department is warning Westchester County residents of a new phone scam, according to officials.
Scammers will call or email the victims posing as government officials and other law enforcement personnel. They then inform the victims that enforcement action will be taken against them unless they pay a fine. In most cases, the impersonators instruct their potential victims to pay the reported fine via wire transfer or Green Dot card, police said.
If victims refuse to send money, the impersonators often threaten to arrest them or search their property, police said. In some cases, the scammers have used the New York State Police Division Headquarters address in e-mails, police said. Residents should be aware that law enforcement will not contact members of the public by telephone or via email for form of payment. Anyone who feels they have been a victim of this phone scam can click here to file a complaint .
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