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Chief Slayton, Sheriff Schenck issue warning about scams

Auburn Police Chief James Slayton and Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck have issued a public warning about a spike in scam activities within the Auburn and Cayuga County areas.

They reported that scammers have been tricking residents into handing over large sums of money, with both the victims and those unknowingly transferring the cash being duped. The scams have involved individuals impersonating representatives from well-known organizations and creating urgent scenarios to pressure victims into making payments.

Sheriff Schenck was on Inside the FLX last week discussing this very matter.

To combat these scams, the Federal Trade Commission advises recognizing signs of a scam, such as requests for payment through specific means like cryptocurrency or gift cards, and immediate action demands.

They also stress the importance of not sharing personal or financial information in response to unsolicited requests.

The authorities urge the community to educate themselves and others, especially the elderly, about these scams to prevent further victims. Residents are reminded to verify any suspicious calls with trusted sources and report any scam attempts to local law enforcement or a family member.