Don't Be a Victim: Deputy Scams

Don't Be a Victim: Deputy Scams
(Source: WTOC)

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - The Chatham County Sheriff's Office is trying to get the word out about a scam that is making the rounds again.

If you get a call from someone claiming to be a deputy - think twice. It just keeps happening and happening. The sheriff says there have been 50 to 60 reports of someone calling residents and pretending to be a deputy. It's a scam, but unfortunately, people keep falling for it.

"Had one call that he is Lt. Trey Leggett from the sheriff's office, which I have a Lt. Leggett here, but he does not call anybody," said Sheriff John Wilcher, Chatham County. "We don't call anybody whether it's criminal, civil, or anything."

So, if you get a call like this, rest assured that it's a scam. The criminals use caller ID spoofing to make it appear like a local call and they can be very good at their con game.

"They told them that he was in the civil division and that she had missed some paperwork or something and she had to pay a fine of $4,000, and unfortunately, she went and paid the money," the sheriff said.

Four thousand dollars - gone in this case. The scammer even told the elderly woman to come to the sheriff's office after putting the money on the prepaid green dot card. It's all part of the ruse.

"They will send you anywhere. The only thing they want is the numbers off the back of that green dot card. Once they get the numbers off the back of that card, they can go pull the money out and they are gone, and they are likely to be in Cuba or South America or wherever they are scamming all that stuff," Sheriff Wilcher said.

The important thing to remember here is that deputies will not call you on the phone. If it really is legitimate, they'll come find you.

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