Oh, goodie. Another phone scam has hit the area. It's definitely not the first and it won't be the last, but what you do with the information and how your respond is the most important thing.

The Whitesboro Police Department is warning of a scam that involves the police and the request of donations to benefit the "police fund."

Callers claim to be members of the Oneida City Police Department and are contacting residences in the area asking to donate. This is a scam, DO NOT give out any personal and/or financial information over the phone or through text.

So, now you know what to expect - it's important for you now to do your part and “Slam the Scam.” If you receive a call that falls into a scam like this (or something that sounds like another scam) hanging up the phone immediately. No police department, union, or agency will contact you by telephone or text soliciting any money, gift cards, donations, or personal information.

How Do I Know If Something Is Truly A Scam?

If something seems like it's too good to be true, or seems off, it likely is.  The Better Business Bureau offers tips to avoid getting scammed.

  • Be extra cautious with unsolicited calls, emails, and texts. Don’t be quick to believe claims from unsolicited communications.
  • Understand how businesses handle communications. If you know how disputes and suspicious activity is handled, it will be easier to spot a scam.
  • Look into the claims. Don’t take action without verifying the claim first. Log into your account or call the company to confirm there really is a case of suspicious activity associated with your account.
  • Don’t panic and don’t feel intimidated. Scammers want you to panic. They may use intimidation to pressure you into giving up your personal information or making payments.
  • Never give your personal information to strangers. If you aren’t speaking or corresponding with someone you know and trust, don’t give them sensitive information.

15 Of New York State's Most Wanted Criminals- May 2022

Below are individuals wanted by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision's (DOCCS) Office of Special Investigations who have been designated as its Most Wanted Fugitives. They should be considered armed and dangerous. This list is current as of 05/01/2022:

NEVER attempt to apprehend a fugitive yourself. If you have information on the location of any of these fugitives, you can contact OSI 24 hours a day / 7 days a week to report it. All leads and tips are treated as confidential information.

If an immediate response is necessary, such as you see the wanted person at a location, please call “911” and report it to the police.

10 Most Common Traffic Violations In New York State

Traffic tickets can be annoying. Also, keep in mind that traffic tickets can carry fines and points on your driving record. Here's a look at the 10 most common traffic violations in all of New York State thanks to CDH Law PLLC.

5 Potent Weapons You Can Legally Carry for Self Defense in New York

Short of being licensed to carry a concealed firearm, there are several very viable and possibly deadly weapons that New Yorkers are allowed to carry in public for the purpose of self defense. 
In fact, there is a misconception surrounding most of the following weapons.

5 Potent Weapons You Can Legally Carry for Self Defense in New York

Short of being licensed to carry a concealed firearm, there are several very viable and possibly deadly weapons that New Yorkers are allowed to carry in public for the purpose of self defense. 
In fact, there is a misconception surrounding most of the following weapons.