Robocall Scam Targets Older New Yorkers

OSWEGO – The Oswego County Office for the Aging is warning residents of a new robocall scam that attempts to lure older New Yorkers into providing their personal information over the phone.

The voice on the robocall identifies itself as the New York State Office for the Aging and asks the individual answering the phone to press a button if someone in the home is over 65 and would be interested in receiving a free Medic Alert pin and $3,000 in coupons for food or other items.

“This is a scam,” said Sara Sunday, Aging Services Administrator for the Oswego County Office for the Aging. “The New York State Office for the Aging does not give away items, money or coupons and will never solicit personal information over the phone.”

Residents who receive a similar call are advised to hang up immediately.

Reports of financial scams should be reported to the Consumer Protection Division of the NYS Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-771-7755, the NYS Department of Financial Services at 1-800-697-1220 or the NYS Department of State (518) 474-8583.