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Scam Notification from Sheriff Allard: “Deputy Buchanan” doesn’t work for Steuben County

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Residents should report any suspicious calls immediately

From Steuben County Sheriff James Allard,

On September 28, 2022, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office deputies investigated a report that a resident of Steuben County received a telephone call in which a person identified himself as “Deputy Buchanan” and stated that the person had twenty four hours to call back or turn himself in to the Sheriff’s Office, or pay a fine. The number he used, (607) 794-4975, when called back, was disconnected and no record of any person was associated with the number, indicating it was probably computer generated.

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office has no deputy employed with the last name Buchanan. We have verified that in fact, no adjacent county has any such employee either. Should you receive any call directing you to turn yourself in or pay a fine, please call (607) 622-3911 and report it.

Scams like this occur every day across our county. Millions of dollars per year leave the US economy to finance criminal enterprises, usually overseas. Please be vigilant and report any attempted scam to local law enforcement and stay in contact with family and friends who may be more susceptible to being taken advantage of.

Thank you for your cooperation and partnership,

Sheriff Jim Allard

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