PLEASANTVILLE - Dozens of Hudson Valley residents say they have received phone calls from scammers claiming that they owe thousands to creditors or the IRS.

The scammers claim to be with state and federal agencies and tell people they will be thrown in jail if they don't pay up. One victim told News 12 that she was told by a scammer that she would be deported.

Police advise those who may get a scam phone call to never give out personal information over the phone. They say to report the call to police and attempt to contact the organization the caller claims to represent.

Police say scammers will ask victims to pay them with a Green Dot Card, since they provide a virtually untraceable deposit. They say a legitimate government agency would most likely contact individuals by mail and not by phone.