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Posted on: February 2, 2024

Scam Caller Alert

Help us HELP YOU avoid being the victim of today's latest scam.

  • Remember that law enforcement will NEVER ask for money over the phone. Ever. HANG UP THE PHONE. 
  • Our deputies won't be offended…..because they aren't actually calling you, just HANG UP THE PHONE.
  • Only answer the phone if you recognize who's calling. Let it go to voicemail. 
  • If you do pick up the phone and the person is asking for money, HANG UP THE PHONE.
  • Follow your gut and be suspicious of paying anything over the phone. 
  • Your day was going just fine before this phone call. Keep your money, and spend it on yourself. HANG UP THE PHONE.
  • You CANNOT take care of a warrant over the phone. EVER. 
  • It's a scam. You cannot buy your way out of any government penalty or fee by using gift cards, prepaid debit cards, or cryptocurrencies. HANG UP THE PHONE

SLOW DOWN. 

  • There is no rush, regardless of what the caller says. 
  • Listen to your intuition, or the experience may become expensive.
  • Talk to family, friends, church, or neighbors about the suspicious phone call asking for money. Someone from that group will likely remind you that you are being scammed.

AFTER YOU HANG UP

  • Remember not to call the person back at the number they provided. The phone number they give you may be "spoofed" and will ring back to the suspects' phone line. 
  • Yes! Our actual phone numbers are being "spoofed." Call an official phone number, such as a JeffCOM dispatch, to check if you are being scammed.
  • Remember, there is NO RUSH.
  • If you're unsure, find a deputy in a patrol vehicle, go to any one of the three Sheriff's Office precincts, or even the courthouse or jail to verify your "warrant." – Odds are you won't be sleeping in one of our beds.


EDUCATE yourself and your loved ones with these YouTube video tips.

Easy Ways to Stop Spam Calls - AARP

3 Ways to Know It's a Scam Call - U.S. Social Security Administration

 Jury Duty Scam - YouTube


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