Sussex Co. Sheriff’s Office warning of new phone scam
GEORGETOWN, Del. – The Sussex County Sheriff’s Office has been made aware of another round of scam calls being made across the county, appearing to be on behalf of the department.
Officials say this scam involves a caller posing as a Sussex County Sheriff’s deputy, claiming the recipient of the call missed a court appearance and a warrant for his or her arrest has been issued. In order to avoid arrest, the scammer tells the victim to send a prepaid gift card, the amount of which can be refunded by then visiting the sheriff’s office in person.
The Sussex County Sheriff’s office wants to remind the public that deputies will never solicit citizens by telephone or email to collect funds, fines, or fees. Contact by the sheriff’s office will always be made in person whenever subpoenas or other court-related documents must be delivered to citizens.
They are also offering the following tips to anyone who encounters a possible scammer:
- Try to get the caller’s name, a physical address and telephone number, and the name of the organization represented
- Do not give out sensitive or personal identifying information, such as Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, passwords, addresses, or dates of birth
- Do not give money, and do not agree to any terms or conditions
- Hang up and contact the agency in question directly in order to verify any claims
- Contact local law enforcement to report any suspect scams