New York State police is warning of scammers calling residents and asking for money to help the police department.

“Residents of Delaware and Chenango Counties have been receiving calls, soliciting funds for either new uniforms for the troopers or for officers killed or injured in the line of duty,” state police said in a news release. “The New York State Police does not solicit funds. The State Police receives its funding from the state budget and from federal grants. “

The release also stated that residents should be cautious when receiving suspicious phone calls and solicitations.

Local police over the last few months have also warned residents about scammers calling people and requesting a substantial amount of money for a family member that’s in danger.

In one scenario, the caller claims that they have been in a car crash with the person’s relative who refuses to pay for the damage.

“The caller claims to be holding the relative at gunpoint until the victim pays several thousand dollars,” police said.

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Rashed Mian has been covering local news for the Long Island Press since 2011. He graduated from Hofstra University in 2010 where he studied print journalism. Rashed, the staff's multimedia reporter, covers daily news for the web, shoots/edits feature videos and writes about civil liberties. He loves Afghan food and sports. Rashed is also a caffeine freak. Email: Twitter: rashedmian