Albany Police: Scammers claim to be police officers

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Albany Police Department is warning the public about scammers claiming to be police officers.

Police say they have received numerous reports from residents that they have received phone calls from someone claiming to be an officer.

The scammer was looking to collect money owed on a debt and if payment was not made, they would be arrested.

One of the victims called the number collected on caller ID and reached an active phone line at the Albany Police Department.

Albany Police is reminding the public about these tips regarding phone scams:

  •  The Albany police will never ask for financial or credit card information over the phone.
  • Do not give out personal, credit, or banking information to unverified sources.
  • Be aware of high pressure techniques, such as a need to give information on the spot.
  • If an offer seems too good to be true, it most likely is. People do not win free money from the government without applying for grants and people do not win the lottery if they have not entered it.
  • Call the Albany police at 518-438-4000 is you believe someone is attempting to defraud you.

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