The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of yet another telephone scam from callers posing as law enforcement.
There is a new round of the oft-attempted scam where a person will answer the phone and the caller will identify themselves as a law enforcement officer, often using the names of actual Douglas County law enforcement. The caller may say that their subject has missed jury duty, failed to pay fines or have an active warrant for their arrest.
The caller will then tell their target that the issue can be cleared by paying off those fees or fines via Western Union cash transfer or via pre-loaded debit or gift cards.
The sheriff’s office has received a number of calls from residents reporting such calls in recent weeks from people claiming to work for the sheriff’s office.
“It is important for retailers to inform their staff members about the scam and to ask them to be watchful for people who may be making the transactions in relation to the scam,” Lt. Brad O’Dell of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said.
The sheriff’s office emphasized that law enforcement will not call people to let them know they have a warrant, but will rather contact the individual personally.
Anyone who believes they may have fallen victim to this scam or has further questions is encouraged to call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 541-440-4471.