The New York Department of State's Divisions of Consumer Protection and Licensing Services are warning New Yorkers about a recent scam in which individuals impersonate the department's staff to get money or Social Security numbers.
The agency said the impersonators call individuals at home or business numbers, citing an alleged outstanding case against them and requesting Social Security numbers or immediate payment of a fine through direct deposit or a money order.
The Department of State noted that it does not communicate by phone or any electronic means with anyone without first sending a written confirmation of possible allegations and providing all "proper verifiable contacts."
The state Division of Licensing Services oversees the licensure, registration and regulation of 29 occupations, including 800,000 individuals who are real estate brokers, notaries, private investigators and others.
The Consumer Protection group's Consumer Assistance Services Unit takes complaints by phone five days a week, as well as online.