Broome County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a scam whereby unsuspecting people are receiving calls from a person claiming to be a deputy sheriff. The caller claims to have missed jury duty and needs to complete paperwork and pay a fine to avoid arrest. The caller wants to meet in the parking lot of the Broome County Sheriff’s Office and wait there.
Broome Sheriff David Harder would like to remind the public that deputy sheriffs do not collect fines from the public. Any exchange of money is conducted in the Office and done in an official manner, not in a parking lot. Furthermore, Harder says the parking lot at the Broome County Sheriff’s Office is a safe zone and is under 24 hour video surveillance. Additionally, every license plate that enters/exits the parking lot is recorded.
Jury duty in Broome County is managed by the Commissioner of Jurors, not the Broome County Sheriff’s Office.
If you receive any calls regarding someone claiming to be a deputy sheriff and seems suspicious, report it immediately at (607)778-1911, option 1.
Release prepared by: Capt. Kathleen Newcomb.