Oswego County Clerk Warns of Phone Scam

OSWEGO – Oswego County Clerk Michael C. Backus warned residents of a telephone scam which claims the person receiving the phone call will have a warrant issued for their arrest if they fail to dial an out-of-state phone number by 5 p.m. that same day and make payment.

The scam turned up in Monroe County last week and appears to be nationwide.

In the Monroe County incident, the caller ID appeared as a number from the Monroe County Clerk’s Office, and the fraudulent person identified herself as calling from the Monroe County Clerk’s Office.

In a message left to one resident, the number to return the call was a telemarketing agency in Tennessee.

“We are alerting residents to be aware of this scam so people won’t be sending their hard-earned money to these criminals,” said Backus. “The Oswego County Clerk’s Office does not make phone calls pertaining to warrants or demanding that someone make payment over the phone. If you receive a similar phone call, do not return the call, and never send money to an unknown caller who demands payment.”

According to the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, warrants involving actual custodial arrest do not go through a county clerk’s office and are not issued in civil matters like issues of debt, past due taxes or overdue bills.

“We’ve been warning about similar type incidents for a long time,” said Undersheriff Eugene Sullivan.

Anyone who receives a fraudulent call of this type should contact the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office at (315) 349-3411 and file a report.

The New York State Attorney’s General’s Office has also been alerted.