State Police warn public of current phone scam

The New York State Police from Troop K would like to warn the public about a recent phone scam that has been reported in the Troop K area, which encompasses Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester Counties.

Every year, victims report losing money to telephone scams. In addition to scamming money from an unsuspecting victim, scammers will say anything to obtain a victim’s personal information. They may claim to work for a company you trust, or claim to be calling on behalf of a loved one. However, you must remain vigilant to protect yourself.

A scam that has been brought to our attention is from a caller who claims to work for “ObamaCare”.  The callers state that they work in a local branch of the ObamaCare Services, and have options to discuss in order for the recipient to avoid tax concerns. An online inquiry into calls from the sources indicated that it is a scam. It’s noted that the Affordable Care Act would not be referred to as “ObamaCare.”

Callers should be mindful.  You should never give your social security number, banking information, date of birth or other personal information to anyone over the phone. Banks do not call and ask for this information. Additionally, if there is any doubt as to the legitimacy of the phone call or e-mail, verify the allegations by contacting the business using a publicly listed telephone number.

Citizens should be cautious of solicitors who:
1. Do not provide a legitimate business address or phone number;
2. Demand immediate payment or payment in cash, wire transfer or money card;
3. Seem vague as to the circumstances;
4. Say that money has to be sent in to collect a prize;
5. Appear angry or impatient when asked reasonable questions about the organization they represent or the reasons for which money will be used.  The caller may have threatened with arrest if a “fine” isn’t paid.

For more information on Crime Prevention visit: http://www.troopers.ny.gov/Crime_Prevention/

To report a possible phone scam, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website athttps://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1

The FBI’s tips on phone scams: http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud.

Information for the Affordable Care Act is found on https://www.healthcare.gov/