It seems to make its rounds every few months. The phone rings, it is answered and the person on the other end of the telephone identifies themselves as a law enforcement officer and tells the person that they have missed jury duty, failed to pay some fines, or they have a warrant for their arrest. Eventually, the caller states it can be cleared up by paying fees or fines in the form of Western Union, pre-loaded debit cards or gift cards.
HANG UP! IT IS A SCAM!
The Sheriff's Office has been receiving calls from members of the community reporting they have received such calls from people claiming to work for the Sheriff's Office. Some names they are providing are actual names of Sheriff's Office staff members.
It is critically important for our community to be aware of these tactics and to share them with their friends and family members, especially those who may be vulnerable to falling victim to the scams, such as the elderly members of the community.
"It is important for retailers to inform their staff members about the scam and to ask them to be watchful for people who may be making the transactions in relation to the scam", said Lt. Brad O'Dell. Posting information about these scam tactics at cash registers or check-out points may also be helpful.
Law Enforcement will not call people to let them know they have a warrant, rather they will make personal contact.
If you believe you have fallen victim to this scam, please contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471.