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Cattaraugus County residents warned of phone scams

LITTLE VALLEY – Cattaraugus County residents were warned to be on the lookout for telephone calls from persons claiming to be agents of the U.S. Internal Revenue Services demanding payment of funds the residents did not know they or their businesses owed the federal government. Sheriff Timothy S. Whitcomb and Undersheriff William M. Nichols said such scam artists usually demand immediate payment through a pre-loaded debit car or a wire transfer, which allow them to collect the funds and disappear.

If callers refuse to take such action the scammers make threats of arrest or having driver’s licenses or business permits suspended. Whitcomb said everyone should be wary of such telephoned threats designed to get personal information the scammers can then use against their victims. If any such calls are received, Nichols said, residents should not give out any personal information and call their nearest police agency to report the theft.