The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is warning community members about scam calls claiming to be the sheriff’s office. At least one victim lost a large amount of money.
Via its Facebook page, the sheriff’s office said they have received multiple reports of people who have received calls from someone impersonating law enforcement and seemingly coming from the main phone number for Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. The caller is telling people he has legal paperwork for them and later requests money.
The sheriff’s office says they will never reach out to people by phone demanding money. The recommend people simply hang up.
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“Unfortunately, out of those calls we had one person that lost a large sum of money because they were in fear that they actually had a warrant for their arrest and went and got numerous prepaid cards and sent these people money,” said Sgt. Jayson Janes with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
Janes warns that the scammer often doesn’t live in the area or even in the country. He also says it’s unlikely the sheriff’s office can get your money back.