Phone Scammers Pose as Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Employees
Phone scammers are impersonating Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office employees and threatening action if an unpaid fine isn’t paid immediately, MCSO said today.
“The caller states that immediate action must be taken for a criminal warrant being issued, money owed to MCSO for missed jury duty, or an unpaid fine,” MCSO said in a statement. “The caller asks the person
to send money via money order or meet them at the MCSO to collect payment.”
It’s a variation on several scams that aim to scare people into making unconventional and immediate payments. Like others, these calls can sound very official.
“The caller(s) are referencing personal information obtained regarding MCSO staff members including name, date of birth, and phone number,” MCSO said. “It is important to remember that, MCSO will NOT ask for money over the phone or request to meet you in person to take your money.
MCSO and other officials advise: Never provide your personal information to an unknown caller. The agency asks people to report the phone calls to the MCSO nonemergency number at 602-876-1011.
Similar scams in our recent archives:
- Tax Scams
- Valley ‘Jury Warrant’ Phone Scam
- Scam Targets Gift-Card Buyers