I was contacted this morning by a lady who was obviously shaken and scared by a phone call she received. The caller stated that she had missed jury duty and that he worked for the Sheriff’s Office and that she needed to pay $2,000.00 or she would be arrested. The caller also had certain information to include where she worked to try to validate his claim. This caused more concern for the young lady, so she began to comply with the callers instructions. The instructions were to purchase cards and then send them to a specified location. I am thankful that she called me and was able to keep them on the line until I could get there. I said some not to nice things to the male subject, he in turned told me to have a great day (among other things) and hung up. I assure you that the Sheriff’s Office or no other Law enforcement Agency would conduct business in this manner. We are at the time of year that countless individuals devise plans to commit fraud on law abiding citizens. I am asking that we all stay diligent in not falling for such schemes. The numbers they call from may appear local, they may even use names that are associated with organizations to include law enforcement. The best advice we can give is NEVER supply banking or personal information to anyone over the phone. When in doubt call the Live Oak Police Department or the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office we are always glad to help. Please if you have parents or grandparents or others that may be easy target, talk to them, question them to make sure we protect them as well
Please share. It is our hopes we can prevent a Fraud from occurring.