Once again the Sheriff’s Office is receiving numerous reports of phone scams. Many of them reference current or former Klamath County Sheriff’s Office employees and make statements about “failing to appear for grand jury or court.” The scammers generally demand money and claim that without receiving payment someone would be arrested or a warrant would be issued for an arrest.
These scams are increasing in sophistication with calls appearing on caller ID to have originated from the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office. Now, when you call the Sheriff’s Office number to verify, your call can be intercepted and you are once again talking to the thief. Please be careful when answering these calls and remember law enforcement will not be calling you and making this type of demand.
To avoid becoming a victim of scams look for the following possible indicators:
- Incoming calls from an outside area code, or foreign telephone number
- Requires you to send money to pay a fine
- Callers go to great lengths to keep you on the phone
- Money is only accepted via wire transfer service
Additional indictors have been observed lately such as a caller with an accent not normally heard in our area. Many people fall victim to these scams and the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office encourages you to share this information with friends and family members.
Press release from the Klamath County Sheriffs Office