COLUMBUS- The Platte County Sheriff’s Office was recently made aware of a phone scam in which an individual identifies himself or herself as a member of the Sheriff’s Office.
This scam is new to the Sheriff’s Office and causes additional concerns as the individual is identifying himself or herself by using the names of actual Deputies currently working at the Sheriff’s Office. In the scam, the scammer will identify himself or herself, by name, as a member of the Platte County Sheriff’s Office. The scammer will inform the person that to avoid an arrest warrant being issued for their arrest, for a contempt of court citation, that they can pay off the citation over the phone. The scammer has been known to use fake court numbers and information in an attempt to gain compliance. The scammer has also identified supervisory personal, by name, at the Sheriff’s Office as they attempt to get the person to comply.
The Platte County Sheriff’s Office says if you have any concerns as to the legitimacy of any phone call received by an individual who identifies themselves as a member of the Sheriff’s Office, hang up, call the Sheriff’s Office, and ask to speak with the Deputy who identified themselves earlier on the call.