Increased phone scammers representing themselves as Sheriff employees

Generic image of a cell phone.
Generic image of a cell phone.

BUFFALO – County law enforcement is alerting the public that the Erie County Sheriff’s Office received an increased amount of phone scamming complaints throughout the Wednesday.

Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard says this round of complaints is across the county with some scammers falsely representing themselves as members of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and other scammers leaving voice messages advising residents to call back immediately or they will be arrested. Some of the area codes used in this round of calls have been “716” + “410” + “718.”

The sheriff’s office is not calling area residents requesting personal information, and you’re asked to hang up immediately if you receive this type of call and do not respond to the voicemails that threaten your arrest.

With any phone call received, never release any personal, bank, credit card information or agree to purchase any type of gift cards to satisfy these counterfeit phone threats.

Do not hesitate to call the Sheriff’s Office 716-858-7618 with any questions.

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