posted on December 19, 2012 15:19
The Batavia Police Department has received three complaints in two weeks and is investigating reports of telephone scammers targeting the area.
Fraudulent individuals posing as legitimate collection agencies are making telephone contact with people, attempting to acquire cash payments.
“We’re actively seeking the suspects, although in these kinds of maters, oftentimes the suspects are far from local,” Batavia Police Det. Sgt. Patrick Corona said. “They could be anywhere in the country or out of the country. We are seeking the help of our other criminal justice partners – even bank investigators – to try and track down the origin of the suspects.”
The individuals involved in this activity are potentially committing offenses of larceny by fraud, identity theft, and criminal impersonation and could be subject to federal prosecution.
A good way to see if an organization is legitimate, Corona says, is to do a simple google search of its name or the phone number associated with it.
Corona says residents should be on guard for this activity and never give out personal information over the telephone.