State police are warning the public about a phishing scam.
Troopers say several residents have received calls from people claiming to be members of the New York State Police.
These callers advise the resident their identity has been stolen, or they are being investigated.
These calls have been made in an attempt to “phish” personal information or solicit money.
The number displayed during these calls on their caller ID is (518) 897-2000, a number for State Police in Ray Brook, New York.
State police say the calls are not actually originating from them.
If you receive a call like this, contact the New York State Police at (518) 873-2750.
The New York State Police advise state residents that neither the State Police, nor any agency authorized by it, ever solicits donations from the general public.
As a matter of crime prevention, people should be wary of solicitors who:
– Do not provide an address or phone number;
– Demand immediate payment or payment in cash;
– Seem vague as to how contributions will be spent;
– Refuse to provide financial information about a charitable organization;
– Appear angry or impatient when asked reasonable questions about the organization they represent or the programs for which contributions will be used.
More tips on charitable giving can be found at the NY State Attorney Generals website: www.oag.state.ny.us.