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LP police warn of business scam

Lake Placid Village Police are warning the public about a local business scam that surfaced last week.

Police say at least two restaurants have received phone calls from a man claiming to be a law enforcement official from either Essex County or Lake Placid.

The caller then claims that an employee of the restaurant has been arrested and needs bail money. The scammer then states he cannot release the identity of the employee - but describes them as a male or female of average height and weight.

Next, the caller provides a random dollar amount and requests that the money be wired through Western Union as quickly as possible.

Police say that so far, no businesses have fallen prey to the scam.

In recent months, the North Country has been affected by a similar scam, in which a caller claims to be a grandchild seeking bail money from elderly victims.

Officials urge the public not to send money to these scammers.

Police say that if a call does sound legitimate, you should ask for a call back number, as well as a name and a badge number.

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