The New York State Police on Tuesday warned the public about an area-wide phone scam that involves callers claiming to be police officers.
According to a release from state police, investigators received information that individuals are contacting the public in the Capital Region, identifying themselves as the New York State Police officers and requesting personal information.
The telephone number from which the scammers are calling appears on caller ID as that of a state police station, although the calls are not originating from the station.
"We can confirm this is a scam, and add the state police would never ask for this information over the phone. We are investigating the matter," state police said in a statement.
Investigators advise that people never share personal information over the phone unless they are positive of the origin of the call. Also, state police recommend that verifying conditions be required such as security questions and passwords that only the person called and the vendor would know.