New York State Police are warning of a phone scam where callers claim to be state soldiers.

Most of the calls are focused around the Highland, NY area.

During the calls, the crooks say they are members of the New York State Police and there are charges against the person. The crooks then ask for money or banking information.

Neither the state police, nor any agency authorized by them, will ever solicit money or request personal information over the phone.

The New York State Attorney General’s Office is investigating illegal and questionable telemarketing operations in New York State.

Anyone who receives a solicitation by phone, mail, email, or in person, from someone seeking money and claiming to be a representative or employee of the New York State Police, or suggests an affiliation with the New York State Police, is encouraged to obtain as many details as possible about the caller and report it to the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Office or office the nearest Attorney General.

When it comes to crime prevention, people should be wary of lawyers who:

  • Do not provide an address or phone number;
  • Require immediate payment or payment in cash;
  • seem vague as to how the contributions will be spent;
  • Refuse to provide financial information about a charity;
  • Look angry or impatient when asked reasonable questions about the organization they represent or the programs for which the contributions will be used.