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NYS Comptroller DiNapoli: Beware text message scam targeting retirees

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Scam Alert

(WBNG) - New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli warned retirees not to be fooled by a recent text message scam.

The text appears as if it is coming from the Office of the State Comptroller.

The sham messages attempt to trick recipients into making a payment for “an upgrade” in exchange for reduced taxes, additional money added to their funds and other benefits.

DiNapoli said, “

I want to be very clear to our system’s retirees and members — these are phony messages from scammers trying to steal your money. The fund has not, and does not, send out any electronic messages asking for payment for upgrades. Don’t be fooled. Protect yourself by not responding and by reporting these messages to law enforcement if you get one.”

This is what the scam message looks like

Report the message to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center by clicking here or by calling the Albany FBI Field Office at 518-465-7551 or 1-800-CALLFBI.   

New Yorkers can report allegations of fraud involving the retirement system or taxpayer money by calling the Comptroller’s toll-free Fraud Hotline at 1-888-672-4555

You can also report it by filing a complaint online at

You can also mail a complaint to: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Investigations, 8th Floor, 110 State St., Albany, NY 12236.

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