QUEENSBURY, N.Y. – The Warren County Sheriff's Office is investigating a phone scam and asking residents to familiarize themselves with the details of the scam process in order to protect themselves from becoming a victim.
According to the sheriff's office, a criminal organization operating outside of the U.S. initiates phone contact with individuals, and informs the victim that they have won a prize or a sweepstakes. The caller then informs the victim that a surcharge or fee is required in order to process their winnings, and directs the victim to acquire a "Green Dot" pre-paid debit card and place a certain amount of money on the account. The caller will either instruct the victim to mail them the Green Dot card, or will call the victim back and seek the Green Dot account information over the phone.
On Wednesday, Jan. 23, sheriff's officers were contacted by a 75-year-old Queensbury resident who had been victimized by this scam. This victim reports that she has sent approximately $5,000 over several transactions to various addresses in order to claim her prize of a BMW automobile and a "large cash prize".
The victim further reported that one of the subjects had contacted her via telephone and informed her that he had recently flown to New York and was prepared to come to Queensbury to assist her with acquiring her winnings, and made an appointment to meet with her. The victim advised officers that she arrived at her residence the following day and found that someone had placed a note under her apartment door containing the name and phone number of the person she had been speaking to.
Residents are asked to be aware that by sending a person to a victim's residence the suspects are attempting to create an impression of validity to their criminal enterprise, as well as an element of intimidation.
The sheriff's office reminds residents that no legitimate contest or sweepstakes will require the winner to send money in order to claim their prize.
Residents are asked to contact police if they have any questions.
Local News <a href="http://www.wten.com/category/173731/-local-news">More>></a>Local NewsMore>>
GLENMONT, N.Y. - A employee at a local buffet has been sentenced to prison for identity theft. Heng Li, 27, was sentenced to two and a third to seven years in State Prison for using a credit card skimmerMore >>
A employee at a local buffet has been sentenced to prison for identity theft.More >>
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Two Skidmore College researchers have patent for a special use of the antioxidant manganese T-BAP for use in weight loss. Associate Professor T.H. Reynolds, PhD and his formerMore >>
Two Skidmore College researchers have patent for a special use of the antioxidant manganese T-BAP for use in weight loss.More >>
By DOUG FEINBERGAP Basketball Writer The NCAA women's basketball championship committee announced Wednesday the neutral sites of Oklahoma City, Sacramento, Greensboro and Albany will host the 2015 regionals. TheMore >>
The NCAA women's basketball championship committee announced Wednesday the neutral sites of Oklahoma City, Sacramento, Greensboro and Albany will host the 2015 regionals.More >>
ELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. – A Schenectady woman is accused of giving authorities a false name of a person with a suspended license during a traffic stop. New York State Police say they initiated a traffic stopMore >>
A Schenectady woman is accused of giving authorities a false name during a traffic stop to avoid arrest, but the name she gave still led to her arrest.More >>
ALBANY, N.Y. - The Capital Region has won in the Economic Development Awards. The area will receive $82.8 million in state funding and has been named a top performer. The focus on technology and makingMore >>
The Capital Region has won in the Economic Development Awards.More >>
ALBANY, N.Y. – A local man has pleaded guilty to one count of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, a Felony, According to District Attorney David Soares, Domonick Fish, 61, admitted to driving with aMore >>
A local man has pleaded guilty to one count of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, a Felony,More >>
RENSSELAER, N.Y. – A former rape suspect whose charges were dropped because of a paperwork mistake is due in court on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Homeland Security confirmed a search was conducted at John Halacy'sMore >>
A former rape suspect that had the charges dropped because of a paperwork mistake appeared in Rensselaer City Court Wednesday morning only to be arrested on an Albany County warrant for a felony Burglary charge in Colonie.More >>
SCHOHARIE, N.Y. -- A Schoharie County man accused of assaulting an 8-year-old child by forcibly pulling out the child's permanent teeth, was indicted in the case on Wednesday. The Schoharie County DistrictMore >>
A Schoharie County man accused of assaulting an 8-year-old child by forcibly pulling out the child's permanent teeth, was indicted in the case on Wednesday.More >>
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Over a month after the casino referendum passed in New York, a full-casino license will be granted in the Capital Region. On Wednesday, community members and local business ownersMore >>
A full-casino license will be granted in the Capital Region after New York voters approved the measure in November, and many want to expand a current casino rather than build a new one.More >>
TROY, N.Y. -- Students learned a very important lesson in Troy Wednesday morning, at an assembly about pedestrian safety. Members of the New York Department of Transportation teamed up with school officialsMore >>
Students learned a very important lesson in Troy Wednesday morning, at an assembly about pedestrian safety.More >>