Scams seem to be something that will always be around, new twists and approach, but always someone trying to take advantage of you. These criminals usually want your money or your identity, which could lead them to more of your money.

The latest scam has been hitting parts of New York State and there is every reason to believe that the entire state will be targeted. Here's what you should know to protect yourself.

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New York State Police have received reports that residents in the Canandaigua and Rochester area have been getting phone calls from someone claiming to be a Trooper. The imposter scares the victim into believing they are being investigated for drug crimes. The criminal then asks for personal information before asking for money.

The first thing you should know is that the New York State Police DOES NOT SOLICIT MONEY OR INFORMATION BY PHONE. Here's what else you should know.

Photo by Marjan Grabowski on Unsplash
Photo by Marjan Grabowski on Unsplash

Common sense would tell you that you aren't being investigated for drug crimes but these scammers attempt to create a sense of urgency, you panic and the next thing you know that gotcha! Here are some tips to protect yourself;

  • Verify any supposed emergency by calling friends and family before sending money.
  • f the scammer claims to be a bail bondsperson, ask where the relative is being held and contact the facility directly.
  • If the scammer claims to be a Trooper, get the exact agency name, hang up, and call that department directly.
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Be careful and always be aware! You could even create a secret code or “password” with family members that can be used to verify the identity of family members over the phone.

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