Tompkins County, N.Y. (WENY)-- The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office is waning residents of fraudulent phone calls being made to community members in the area.
The calls are coming from local numbers, and even using personnel names in an attempt to solicit money. The scammers use a variety of reasons for the call, including missed court dates, summons, warrant of arrest, etc. The callers ask for funds to be transferred via gift card, or to meet up at a specific location.
Reports say the caller is a male identifying himself as "Deputy Priddy" and will refer victims to his supervisor, "Captain Pam Brewer" in order to seem legitimate. These two people are not employees of the Sheriff's office or any other local law enforcement agency. The Sheriff's office says if you receive a call of this nature to hang up the phone, and do not give the scammers any money.
The Sheriff's Office will not contact you asking for these kinds of funds.