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Posted on: June 16, 2016

CCSO receives multiple reports of phone scam

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The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple phone calls since June 10 of a male who is claiming to be a sheriff’s deputy and threatening action against a person for missing a court date.
According to the phone reports, the caller has used a variety of phone numbers in the past week to make these calls. This person also comes up with a range of names and department ranks.
The caller falsely has informed citizens that a warrant has been issued for that person’s arrest because he or she missed jury duty. The suspect has threatened to arrest the person due to the failed court appearance.
This is a scam. The sheriff’s department does not conduct business in this manner.
The scam artist has also recorded an outgoing message informing people if they would like to donate to the Humane Society, please call back between Thursday and Sunday. CCSO does not solicit monetary donations for any organization.
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 any financial information or money to these people.”
Investigators urge anyone who has information about this scam to call the CCSO tip line at (405) 701-8870, Crime Stoppers at (405) 701-8872, or people may send anonymous tips using the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office mobile app. Callers may remain anonymous.
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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