The Ulster County District Attorney's Office is warning residents to beware extortion scams.

According to the Ulster County District Attorney's Office division of Consumer Affairs, scammers use threats designed to frighten you into handing over your money and often use threats of arrest.

Enter your number to get our free mobile app

The scammer will call you and pressure you into paying immediately and threaten to send law enforcement to your home if you refuse. They will also send you emails saying you owe money for a number of different reason, including speeding tickets and tax debts.

Consumer Affairs advises:

  • Do not be pressured by a threatening caller.
  • A government agency or legitimate company will never ask you to pay by unusual methods such as by gift or store cards, iTunes vouchers, wire transfers, or Bitcoins.
  • Do not respond to suspicious messages, texts, or emails. If you do, the scammers will likely escalate their intimidation and attempts to get your money.
  • If you receive an extortion-type call or email requesting immediate payment, file a complaint with the FBI at

Consumer Affairs can be reached at (845) 340-3260

KEEP READING: 50 community resources supporting Americans financially impacted by COVID-19

KEEP READING: These are the top 6 scams connected to the pandemic

OH NO WE DIDN'T: 12 Photos That Prove That Alpacas Are Cuter Than Llamas

More From 94.3 Lite FM