Manatee County Sheriff’s Office - Warns of a Phone Scam
Detectives are investigating recent reports of scams involving people pretending to be members of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, while telling people they must pay fines or face jail time.
The calls have reportedly appeared on Caller IDs as (941) 747-3011 – the actual Manatee County Sheriff’s Office - non-emergency phone number.
In a recent case, a woman was told she failed to respond to a subpoena and a bench warrant had been issued for her arrest if she did not pay a fine of $3,000 immediately. The scammer also identified themselves using the name of a real deputy in an attempt to make the potential victim believe the call was legitimate. Fortunately, this woman didn’t fall for it and contacted MCSO.
If you receive a call from someone saying they are with any government or law enforcement agency and they request personal financial information or demand payment,
THIS IS A SCAM!
Please be careful not to fall for this or any other potential phone scam. These thieves often prey on the elderly using fake Caller ID information to trick their victims into thinking they are someone local, someone they can trust – like a government agency, police department, sheriff's office, or a company they do business with – like a bank or cable provider.
The practice is called “Caller ID Spoofing,” and scammers don’t care whose phone number they use. Don’t rely on a Caller ID to verify who’s calling. It can be nearly impossible to tell whether the Caller ID information is real.
If you receive calls such as this one asking for money or gift cards, treat the call as a scam and notify law enforcement.
Anyone seeking information on scams can call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at 941-747-3011.
Learn more here: https://www.manateesheriff.com/_T24_R32.php