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Flagler Sheriff Warns of Phone Scammers Impersonating Deputies

| March 14, 2015

A scam almost as old as the hills. (RV1864)

A scam almost as old as the hills. (RV1864)

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office recently received information regarding a suspicious telephone call involving a phone scam. The complainant notified the Sheriff’s Office that he received a call from an individual claiming to be a lieutenant with the Sheriff’s Office Warrant Division.

The subject, who identified himself as a lieutenant, advised the complainant that his wife had missed a grand jury appointment. The subject advised the man he could pay court costs and administration fees by obtaining a Netspend Card from Winn Dixie. The complainant was concerned about the possible court appearance, but he and his wife were out of town during the timeframe that the subject stated they were notified by the courts.

“Members of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office will not contact citizens by telephone regarding court appearances and certainly will not request payment for fees or administration costs,” said Sheriff Jim Manfre.

Anyone who receives a telephone call of this nature should not give out personal information over the phone and should not send money, gift cards, cashier’s checks, or pre-paid credit cards. If you have information about this incident or any crime that may have occurred in Flagler County, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-8477. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1000.00.

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3 Responses for “Flagler Sheriff Warns of Phone Scammers Impersonating Deputies”

  1. hmmm says:

    not to mention the fact that big Jim fired all the lieutenants and “deleted” that rank…….

  2. Ray Thorne says:

    Lieutenant…Now that’s a word I haven’t heard in a long time. -Ben Kenobi

  3. FFS says:

    I had someone impersonating an officer of the court come to my front door, advise my daughter that I’d missed a court hearing and that unless I called that man and paid a fine, then I was going to have a warrant issued for my arrest. I went to the police department to file a report, and they advised me that it was probably just a debt collector and that I essentially ought to be better about paying my bills. So… I filed a complaint with the Consumer Protection Bureau, giving the phone number and the alleged name of the man who came to the door. It was not a debt collector, so that was clearly a scam – it just wasn’t taken seriously by the authorities of Flagler county. You have someone going around threatening to lock people up if they don’t pay up, impersonating officers of the court… no problem in Palm Coast, apparently!!!

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