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Ontario County Sheriff Warns Of 2 Scams

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Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero says officials are investigating a couple of recent scams.

His office and the county clerk are looking into a telephone scam involving the Ontario County Dept. of Motor Vehicles. He says three local residents have received phone calls from a male claiming to be an employee of the county DMV.

People receiving the call are being told that their car insurance coverage has expired and personal information is requested to reactivate it. 

Another caller was asked for personal information because his personal Department of Motor Vehicles identification had expired. 

Authorities say that neither Ontario County nor the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles calls drivers requesting any type of personal data. 

Anyone receiving these types of calls is asked to notify the Ontario County Office of Sheriff at (585) 394-4560. 

The other scam involves an Ontario County resident who is reporting receiving a call from a man claiming to be from the U.S. Treasury Department.  The caller will threaten arrest and prosecution unless the IRS receives a payment for unpaid, past due taxes.  The caller then asks for payment or personal information. 

Povero says the IRS and Treasury Department do not make these type of demanding phone calls and to never give any personal information over the phone to an unknown caller.  

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.