Scam Artists Target Victims Using Names of Well Known Deputies

Publish Date: November 25, 2020
Written by: Joni Money

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office would like the public to be aware of a scam that is successfully making its rounds through our community again. Scam artists are contacting citizens and advising them they have missed a court date or failed to pay a fee ordered by the courts. They are identifying themselves as members of law enforcement, often using names of law enforcement officials that may be familiar. The scammer convinces the victim that they must pay the scammer an amount of money in order to keep from being arrested. The scammer may ask for information from a prepaid credit card or for cash to be left for them at a specific location. Please don’t fall for it.
Members of law enforcement will never call you and ask you for money over the phone, nor will they ask you to leave cash at an unusual location.
If you receive a call like this, please reach out to your local law enforcement agency and report what is going on immediately. Do not give anyone any personal or financial information over the phone.
It is upsetting to see our citizens being scammed out of their hard earned money, particularly during the holiday season and during this pandemic.
If you have any information about these or any other scams, please call the Jefferson County Sheriffs Office or your local law enforcement agency.

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