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Tulsa County Sheriff's Office warns of phone scam where callers pretend to be deputies

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Posted at 11:52 AM, Jun 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-26 12:53:41-04

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office says a common phone scam is once again making the rounds. Callers target potential victims across Tulsa County by claiming to be a TCSO deputy or supervisor.

TCSO investigators say they have received multiple calls on Wednesday reporting scammers that identified themselves using the names of actual TCSO staff members.

"This time, the scammer is claiming to be Sgt. Mike Moore," TCSO spokesperson Casey Roebuck says. "The caller ID displays the phone number of 918-238-2719, but the name and number being used by the scammer can change without notice."

The caller reportedly tells the potential victim they have a warrant for their arrest for missing jury duty.

"They tell the victim they must immediately pay hundreds of dollars in fines in order to avoid arrest," Roebuck says. "They instruct the victim to purchase cash cards from local stores in order to 'pay the bond' and avoid arrest. They order the victim to remain on the phone with them while purchasing the cards. As soon the victim buys the cards and provides the card numbers over the phone, the money is stolen by the crook."

TCSO says it has not received reports of anyone falling for this scam, but an investigation is underway.

The sheriff's office never calls anyone with warrants to demand payment of fines in order avoid arrest. If you receive one of these calls, hang up. If you’re a victim of this scam, call 918-596-5600 to file a report.

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