Feedback: Fort Drum Families Targeted In Phone Scam
Imagine the phone rings and an automated message says your loved one, a soldier, has been wounded in battle.
"This is a military town. There's a lot of men and women deployed and we don't want to get that phone call," said Reyna Pangus, a Fort Drum wife.
The American Red Cross has received about ten complaints of these bogus phone calls nationwide.
"And it just so happened a couple of the families happened to be in the Watertown - Fort Drum area," said Peter Macias, spokesman for the Red Cross.
The Fort Drum Facebook page also warns about the scam.
The calls don't ask for anything, so the motive is unclear, but they're obviously a hoax.
"I can tell you for a fact there isn't a branch of the military who would leave an automated message for a military family on this particular subject," said Macias.
In the Fort Drum area, you can imagine the reaction, especially from soldier spouses, who might be on the receiving end of one of these calls.
"I think it's absolutely disgusting. I mean, to do that to a family, it's just appalling," said Laura Sprague, a Fort Drum spouse.
"Imagine that feeling that you get when you find that out. You don't want to feel like that. Why would you want anybody else to feel like that," said Stephanie Brown, another Fort Drum wife.
Anyone getting one of the calls should try to capture the phone number it came from.
"They should get caught. I hope you do get caught," said Pangus.
Call your local police if you get one of those calls.