DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is alerting residents of a scam that has affected coastal residents in the county.
According to deputies, citizens are being contacted by someone claiming to be with their department. The caller tells the citizen there is a warrant for their arrest, they missed jury duty, or another infraction where a fine is due. They said the caller then demands a payment via debit/credit card, Western Union, or instructs the citizen to obtain a prepaid card to cover the payment.
Deputies said in order to sound credible, the callers provide legitimate names and information of law enforcement employees and may even reference a local judge by name. They also use Caller ID “spoofing”, which makes it appear as though the call is coming from a local law enforcement agency or court offices.
No employee of the sheriff’s office will ever contact members of the public by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment. If you get this type of call, deputies said to immediately hang up. They said to not give a caller your personal information and to report any suspicious calls to law enforcement immediately.