Sheriff's Office Warns of Phone Scam Using Employee Name
The Sheriff's Office has received a report of another phone scam. The caller advised the victim of a missed court date and a citation would need to be paid in excess of $4,000.00. In these most recent cases, they are using the name of an actual employee of the Sheriff's Office and a judge.
The Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens that our Office NEVER calls or sends texts to inform individuals they have an active warrant or have missed court. We would like to remind the community NOT to give money or personal information over the phone. Our Office NEVER calls and informs individuals they owe money for any reason and NEVER asks individuals to make payments to remedy fines. We DO NOT collect money for any government agency.
Scammers are sophisticated as they use actual names of employees and can appear to be calling from a legitimate Sheriff’s Office phone number by using an application called “Spoof Card.” This application allows the suspect to use any legitimate phone number to call from with the intent of victimizing people for large amounts of money.
If you feel you have been the victim of this type of scam or if you have information you are encouraged to contact the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office at 719-390-5555, or the local law enforcement agency in which you reside.