New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is warning state retirees not to be fooled by a text message scam that’s going around.

The message asks for a payment to upgrade the retirement fund.  DiNapoli says it’s a fraud that claims to reduce taxes or add money to a state retiree’s funds and other benefits.

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In a statement issued by the comptroller’s office, retirees are warned the fund does not and has not sent out any electronic messages asking for payments for upgrades.  DiNapoli says anyone getting the messages should report them to the Fraud Hotline at 1-888-672-4555.  Reports can also be made online at osc.ny.gov or by mailing the Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Investigations, 8th Floor, 110 State Street, Albany 12236.

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