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Delaware County Sheriff Warns of Scams

Delaware County seems to be plagued by reports of potential frauds and scams.  Sheriff Thomas Mills says many schemes come through cyberspace but, with the start of the spring construction season, home repair scams start to crop up as well.

Mills is again reminding residents that they should never give out personal or financial information to someone contacting them about a matter of urgency, like a relative supposedly hurt or in jail, or a promise of unanticipated wealth.  Mills says residents should also always check the creditials of contractors and research charities seeking contributions.

Sheriff Mills says the New York State Attorney General’s office and has published a helpful bulletin about the anatomy of scams and their ramifications. It’s available online at www.ag.ny.gov/sites/default/files/pdfs/publications/Smart-Seniors.pdf.  Mills says the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov also offers information about recent cyber crime trends as well as reporting new twists to previously documented scams.

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