PREBLE COUNTY — Sheriff Mike Simpson is warning area residents regarding a telephone scam that has begun in parts of Ohio.
A caller will contact a resident, identifies himself or herself as a Deputy Sheriff from a particular county, and tells the resident they have a warrant for their arrest for failing to appear in a court case.
The caller tells the resident that this can be taken care of by posting bond over the telephone, that the “failure to appear” cannot be satisfied in person at the court, it must be done by telephone.
The caller convinces the resident to provide them with credit card information and funds are immediately deducted from the resident’s account.
Under no circumstances would a sheriff’s office or law enforcement agency contact anyone by telephone and demand payment using a credit card, according to Simpson.
“Sheriff’s across Ohio are warning residents to not provide any information to a caller asking for your credit card information. Report any suspicious phone calls to your local Sheriff’s Office or law enforcement agency,” Simpson said.