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Richland County citizens receiving phone scams from phony sheriff's office

Posted at 10:38 AM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 10:49:26-05

If you’re in the Richland County area and receive a suspicious call from the Richland County Sheriff's Office, be warned: it's probably a scam.

According to deputies, a string of incidents have been reported to the actual Sheriff’s Office. Citizens claim they have been receiving calls from a scammer identifying themselves as a law enforcement officer from the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.

The scammer advises the citizen that they have warrants out on them and that the citizens need to go get money cards and meet the scammer at a designated location to pay the scammer so that the warrant can be dismissed, deputies said.

According to deputies, the scammer even goes as far as using a spoofing method to make the call appear to come from the sheriff’s office dispatch. The number that appears is 419-524-2412.

The actual sheriff’s office said that they will never ask citizens for money over the phone for any reason, as they handle all monetary transactions in person at the Sheriff’s Office.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Office urged citizens receiving these calls to simply hang up and ignore the scammer's attempts.