The Sheriff's Office is warning area residents of a phone scam that has been hitting Genesee County and other parts of Western New York.
In this particular scam, a person receives a call on his or her mobile phone with a recorded message indicating that the person's HSBC account has been frozen. The message prompts the person to press a number to unlock the account.
"Residents are warned that is is a scam and they should hang up immediately and not respond to the recorded message," the Sheriff's Office release states.
The Sheriff's Office advises any HSBC customer concerned about their account to contact HSBC.
In general, readers should be wary of any unsolicited call prompting disclosure of personal or identifying information.
The FTC has a page on various types of phone fraud scams and how to guard against them.