ITHACA, NY – The Ithaca Police Department is warning residents about a scam currently taking place around Tompkins County. Individuals claiming to be from the US Inspector General’s Office have contacted residents, claiming they owe money to the Social Security Administration.
When a citizen questions the authenticity of the call, the scammers offer to have a local police officer call back to the citizen. Another scammer will then call and claim to be an IPD officer and give the actual name of an officer at the IPD. In addition, the phone number on the caller ID is displayed as the IPD phone number, 607-272-9973.
Police remind residents that law enforcement agencies will never call a citizen and demand money for a fine or violation, and urge caution with such phone calls, no matter how convincing they may seem.
For more information on fraud or deception, the FBI maintains the following Web site with helpful tips and information: