Scam alert for calls claiming to be Wayne County Sheriff's deputies
Lyons, N.Y. (WHAM) - The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is warning people living in the county about a scam call going around the county.
The most difficult part is that the number appearing on caller ID can indeed display the phone number for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office or another police agency phone number.
In the call, the scammers claims to be Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies and tell the potential victim that they owe money on a warrant. The caller claims there is a warrant for your arrest due to your failure to appear for jury duty or a court proceeding.
The caller then goes on to claim the potential victim needs to pay a fine or be arrested. The fine can only be paid through an online system, which makes the scam even more obvious.
These are phishing calls, which are calls and/or emails claiming to be from reputable companies aiming to get people to reveal their passwords, credit card numbers and extort payments.
To avoid the phone scam, here are four reminders:
- A warrant payment cannot be required to be paid online or in cash
- We wary of anyone who asks for personal information over the phone
- Do not agree to meet someone at an address that is not a law enforcement agency office, station or municipal court
- Warrants are served in person, not over the phone