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Release Number: 15-551
- For Immediate Release:
- Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
- October 28, 2015
- Contact Person:
- Public Information Office : firstname.lastname@example.org
Alert: Phone Scam
Be careful not to become a victim of Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer scam.
- October 27, 2015
- Time: 12:00 AM
Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer Scam:
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating two cases of impersonating a law enforcement officer that occurred on October 27, 2015. In each of the cases, the citizens received a call from someone representing themselves as “Major Livingston” of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. The “Major” informed the citizen that a subpoena had been sent to them by mail, and there was a warrant for their arrest for failure to appear in court. The “Major” told the citizen they would be arrested; however, they had the option of settling the matter over the phone by paying an undisclosed amount of money. When the citizen informed the person representing themselves as the “Major” that they did not have any money to send, the “Major” told the citizen they would be arrested and then hung up on them.
Please be advised that the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office does not notify individuals over the phone that they have active warrants for their arrest, nor would a representative from the Sheriff's Office ask for payment of any kind over the phone.
If you receive any calls similar to this scam, please notify your local law enforcement agency.