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Phony sheriff's deputy among several phone-related scams reported in WNY

A man falsely claiming to be a sergeant with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office has been calling county residents, accusing them of missing jury appointments and demanding they pay a $2,500 fine to avoid arrest, the real Sheriff's Office warned residents Tuesday. The scam is one of several phone-related schemes reported in the past 24 hours in Erie and Chautauqua counties

In each incident, a victim received calls, messages or e-mails from scammers claiming to represent institutions that required funds be transferred electronically.

The Jamestown Police Department reported hearing from citizens who'd been tricked into sending money after they were told over social media or e-mail that they had won a lottery and would need to pay a processing fee to receive their winnings.

In Erie County, the Sheriff's Office reminded residents that it does not contact residents via phone to collect fines and urged anyone who received a similar call to hang up.

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