Phone scammers posing as police target Summit County residents
May 9, 2017
The Summit County Sheriff's Office has reported at least seven cases of residents being targeted by phone scammers posing as police in the past week.
During the scam, residents say they get a call from a "Sergeant Hall," who tells them that they have an outstanding warrant for failing to appear for a jury summons. They are then instructed to resolve the situation by buying Money Pak pre-paid credit cards and providing the information on the back to the caller.
In a news release, the sheriff's office reminded residents that if they actually miss a jury summons, they will be notified in writing by the court. If a warrant is eventually issued, deputies will come to a person's house to execute it but never deliver that information over the phone.
"Scammers will say anything to get information from you to use for their benefit," the release said. "They may claim to be affiliated with an entity you trust to convince you to offer personal information such as a credit card or your social security number. Telephone scams are prevalent and can target anyone. Please be aware of who you are speaking to and remember that any sort of tactic may be used to gather information."
More information about common fraud schemes can be found at the Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov. If you receive a suspicious call, the sheriff's office advises you call Summit County Dispatch at 970-668-8600.
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