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Sheriff Schenck: Ignore calls claiming to be deputy asking for gift cards

The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a scam involving a person who purports to be part of the office.

Sheriff Brian Schenck said in a release that his department has received multiple reports of a subject calling people and identifying himself as “Detective Smith” from the sheriff’s office.

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He then states that the caller needs to purchase gift cards from a local pharmacy, and that those numbers need to be given to him.

Like so many other scams, it’s origins are difficult to trace. While the sheriff’s office is doing what it can to investigate, Schenck says the best thing people can do is to disconnect the call.

“If you receive a similar call, don’t respond or act,” he said. “Disconnect the call. The sheriff’s office is always available to answer any question you may have regarding any suspicious call.”

He says those with questions can call (315) 253-1222.