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.

Donovan Brink can be reached at and 541-957-4219.

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I know an elderly person who fell for this scam. By the time the family caught on and intervened, the scammers had bilked $30,000 from the victim. None of it was recovered because the scammers were based in Spain.

Just hang up.


Good advice. I'm always tempted to string them along, wasting their time. But they can now record your voice and create "you" agreeing to purchases, charges, etc.

Hang up. Or don't even answer.

My late father never met a scam he didn't fall for. The religious scammers were the most predatory, and least for him. He was still getting offers of prayers and miracles for cash, a couple years after he died. He had about two dimes to rub together, was about all that was left, and even that was kind of a miracle.


You late dad ... my late brother ... deep sigh. Plenty of brains and no common sense.


My dad was utterly credulous. He was nearly incapable of believing that anyone might lie to him, or cheat him. It was a surprise to him, every #$%^! time that it happened. He had "plenty of brains," as you phrase it, but skepticism? Error 404.


In the past 6 months I've received at least 4 calls from "Federal Marshal Dave" who wanted to stop the warrant out for my arrest over my taxes. I was facing significant jail time if I didn't pay up.


First, I don't owe any taxes and second, the IRS will never call you to demand payment. Never. Those are always scam calls. But Federal Marshal Dave did have an official and authoritative sounding voice. Just think how many people out there feel a bit iffy about their tax returns.

If you get a call about your taxes or medicare or even a call from your Apple or Amazon service rep, just hang up. If you get a plaintive voice saying, "Grandma" or "Grandpa" that could very well be the famous "Grandma Scam." That's how my friend got bilked out of $30,000.

Federal Marshal Dave called repeatedly for a month and I kept hanging up as soon as I heard, "This is Federal Mar..."

So far I haven't been hauled away in chains or even received a letter from the IRS. But you never know...

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