LACKAWANNA COUNTY Pa. (WOLF) — The Lackawanna County Sheriff’s is warning the community of an ongoing phone scam they have been made aware of that appears to be coming from their office and using their officer’s names. The sheriff’s office says there has been an increase of law enforcement and government agency imposter calls.
The names of other law enforcement entities including federal, state, and county agencies such as the IRS, FBI, ICE, Social Security Administration, and US Marshals Office have also been used by the fraudsters. The individuals perpetrating these scams are known to ask for non-traditional forms of money transfers such as gift cards, bitcoin, moneypak, and overnight mailing of cash. No legitimate financial transaction involving a government or law enforcement entity will ever use these methods of payment.
The office continues to take reports from residents who have been receiving calls from individuals claiming to be from the sheriff’s office and other county offices while using the real names of employees. They says their office phone number has also been “cloned” / “spoofed” by the fraudsters which makes it appear that the calls are coming from their office.
Citizens who receive calls of this type are advised to follow the below tips: DO NOT confirm or provide any personal information (Name, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, Drivers Licenses Number etc.) Hang up immediately, note the phone number of caller, and file an online…