Phone scammers are using names and badge numbers of actual law enforcement officers
DeKalb County, GA, December 30, 2016 – The Post Reports – DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffery L. Mann is warning local residents to be on the alert for a phone scam that has apparently hit DeKalb County after having surfaced in other north and middle Georgia communities.
Sheriff Mann explains calls are being placed by individuals identifying themselves as Sheriff’s Deputies. The scam caller then claims to have an arrest warrant for the call recipient that accuses him or her of having failed to appear for jury duty. The scammer offers to accept payment of a fine as a way of avoiding being arrested. They suggest that payment can be made using pre-paid cards, and they sometimes ask for personal information that could be used to access bank accounts or to steal a person’s identity.
“The call is a scam – a hoax,” says Sheriff Mann. “The sheriff’s office will never call a person to say they will be arrested unless they pay a fine for not appearing for jury duty. Individuals who are called for jury duty are notified by mail if they fail to appear.”
The scam callers have used names and badge numbers of actual law enforcement officers to convince unwitting residents that the call is legitimate. Sheriff Mann advises anyone who receives such a call to hang up. They can also contact the local office of the FBI to report the call, as the practice is widespread.
The FBI asks that individuals receiving such calls file a complaint through their Internet Crime Complaint Center.