Gates Police caution skepticism after woman falls victim to $12,000 scam

Gates Police are warning people to be skeptical about calls from people claiming to be government or law enforcement agents during the holidays. (SBG file photo)

Gates, N.Y. (WHAM) - Gates Police are warning people to be skeptical about calls from people claiming to be government or law enforcement agents during the holidays.

Officers sent out a warning Friday after they said a Gates woman was scammed out of approximately $12,000. According to police, the suspects called the woman on the phone and claimed to be federal agents. The callers went on to claim that the woman's ID had been found in a car with drugs and that she had to purchase gift cards to take care of it.

The woman reportedly purchased approximately $12,000 worth of gift cards, then gave the scammers the card numbers and pin numbers over the phone.

According to police, once the victim realized it was a a scam, the gift cards had been used.

Police warn that no legal business or governmental agency will ever ask anyone to pay with gift cards. If this is brought up over the phone, you should immediately hang up the phone and contact law enforcement.

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