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Posted on: June 10, 2016

CCSO receives reports of phone scam

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The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office received two phone calls Friday afternoon of a male who is impersonating a sheriff’s deputy and informing citizens that he or she missed jury duty.
According to the phone reports, the caller has identified himself as either Lt. Lance Watson or Deputy Mark Bowen. CCSO does not employ anyone with either name.
The caller falsely informed citizens that a warrant has been issued for that person’s arrest because he or she missed jury duty. The suspect has told people that if he or she gives them a credit card number over the phone, the warrant will be dismissed.
This is a scam. The sheriff’s department does not conduct business in this manner.
Sheriff Joe Lester said the department is concerned about these incidents. Detectives are investigating the matter.
“If you receive a call from this individual, hang up and immediately call the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office and report the incident,” Lester said. “Do not give this person any financial information or meet him in public.”
The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office can be reached at 701-8888.
Any questions regarding this press release and/or information can be addressed to Meghan Jackson, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, community liaison/public information officer. Jackson can be reached at (405) 701-8847.

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