TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office issues a public safety alert on Thursday after learning of a scam that cost a resident $20,000.
At approximately 4:23 p.m. on Thursday, the sheriff’s office received a complaint of fraud from an individual claimed to have received a phone call from the TCSO. The suspected scam caller posed as a member of the sheriff’s office and conned the victim into sending $20,000 in cash to Chicago to settle an arrest warrant, according to a press release from the TCSO.
The sheriff’s office believes its phone number was “ghosted” to make it appear that the call was coming from the office. Sheriff Derek Osborne also reminded the public that “the sheriff’s office would never ask someone for money in this fashion.”
TCSO is actively investigating the incident.