"The Police Department does not call people to collect fines," says Chief Thomas Dunham
The Penn Yan Police Dept. is investigating scams involving people calling area residents from the Penn Yan Police Department's phone number. The scammers threaten to arrest the resident unless they pay "the police" in Google play cards or other similar payment methods.
Chief Thomas Dunham stresses this is a scam, and clarifies, "The Police Department does not call people to collect fines. This scam is not limited to the Penn Yan area, and has been going on throughout the nation. If you have vulnerable relatives, please discuss this with them and advise them not to give out personal information or to purchase these types of payment methods."