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Sheriff warns of gift card scam impacting locals

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Sheriff warns of gift card scam impacting locals

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TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Sheriff Derek Osborne published a warning Tuesday morning regarding phone scams that have become more frequent in the area recently.

A note from Osborne’s office stated that local law enforcement has seen an uptick in “fraud complaints involving phone scams where the caller is requesting payment or reimbursement in the form of gift cards.”

The sheriff’s office continued on that “a legitimate business will not request payment in the form of gift cards.” As one of their tactics, callers can be intimidating or act as if the gift cards are needed urgently.

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com
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