Berkshire sheriff clarifies scam alert, says no threat to area children

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PITTSFIELD — Investigators on Monday clarified information about a scam that surfaced over the weekend, and have determined it posed no threat to area children.

The Berkshire County Sheriff's Office on Saturday posted an alert on its Facebook page warning residents of a scam, which they were told involved the alleged collection of information from children.

"Attention, the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office just became aware of an ongoing scam possibly within the County with individuals going door to door stating they work for a Sheriff's Office and are asking for private information on your children! This information includes, photos, hair samples and birthdays," the post stated. "Please be advised, we are not currently doing this as part of a program and have not done this in the past!"

But in a statement issued on Monday, Berkshire County Sheriff Thomas Bowler said an investigation into the reported scam by members of the office and state police detectives determined that "at no time did any individual identify themselves as a member of the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office or as an officer from any agency."

It was further determined there was no threat to children, Bowler said.

Investigators believe the incident was isolated and there is no reason for a heightened public safety concern, the statement read.

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