Phone scammers pose as Linn County sheriff's captain

The scam consists of a phone call telling you of an outstanding warrant and federal subpoena.

Posted: Oct. 17, 2018 7:39 AM
Updated: Oct. 17, 2018 10:30 AM

LINN COUNTY, Ore. -- Authorities are warning residents in Linn County of a new telephone scam.

According to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, the scam consists of a phone call from a man who says he is Captain Guilford.

The man tells you of an outstanding warrant -- and that you now have a federal subpoena. The caller then asks you to pay your fine over the phone. The phone number is often fake; the phone numbers are forwarded through fake phone apps.

As of Oct. 16 the sheriff’s office said they have received two calls about the scam. And they also confirmed that they do have a Captain Guilford employed.

Scammers pull names from public websites to use in these types of scams. Authorities want to remind citizens that law enforcement will never ask for money over the phone or electronically, and you shouldn't give out any personal information to someone you do not know.

If you fall victim to this scam, call your local law enforcement agency to report it immediately.

Also, if you suspect a scam and have not been defrauded, authorities recommend reporting it directly to the United States Department of Justice

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