According  to Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond, his office has been receiving a number of complaints of a variety of phone scams but the most common complaint is regarding the "Grandparent" or "Grandchild" phone scam. In this scam, the caller pretends to be that person's grandchild, who is in trouble and needs money right away. There is always a plea for money to be wired immediately due to being sick and in the hospital or stuck overseas somewhere.The reasons for needing cash money wired right away can be different and the story can be very believable but don't fall for it.

Sheriff DuMond makes the following recommendations to area residents regarding these types of scams:

• Resist the urge to act immediately – no matter how dramatic the story is.

• Verify the caller’s identity. Ask questions that a stranger couldn’t possibly answer. Call a phone number for your family member or friend that you know to be genuine. Check the story out with someone else in your family or circle of friends, even if you’ve been told to keep it a secret.

• DO NOT send cash, gift cards, or money transfers – once the scammer gets your money, it’s gone!

• Never give personal or banking information such as Social Security number, dates of birth, bank account numbers, checking account numbers, or routing numbers.

If you suspect you have received an attempted scam phone call or if you believe you are the victim of a scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission at  ftc.gov/complaint.

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This is a list of 15 venerable businesses in Upstate New York that are still around. After decades. Some even after 100 and 150 years of being in business!

Upstate Road Trip! For Your Consideration: Chenango County!

This article begins a series of county spotlights which we will revisit in the months ahead. We hope to feature all of Upstate's 50 counties in this series. These articles are not meant to be exhaustive, in-depth looks at everything about a certain county. But rather a postcard post-it note album of a few of the highlights that each county has.

We start today in Central New York with beautiful Chenango County!

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There is an unusually high number of Upstate New York communities which carry the same name as international cities and countries. Some Upstate towns were named so in honor of that faraway place. Other naming seems rather random at best. So settle in and take a trip to Cuba, Amsterdam, Rome, Cambridge, Mexico, Warsaw and other places without even leaving Upstate New York. Kind of.

We know there are many more than the 18 on this list, so let us hear from you!