Fraud Alert LCSO impersonation calls
From The Office Of Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno
Scammers are once again using the name of various members of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in an attempt to steal cash from residents in what is known as an impersonation scam.
Over the past several days, callers to the Sheriff’s Office have reported receiving suspicious calls from someone claiming to be an LCSO employee demanding they pay up or face arrest for an outstanding bench warrant. Would-be victims say they quickly realize the call is fraudulent when the imposter instructs them to go to a local store to purchase reloadable gift cards in order to keep from being arrested.
This scam is being used to trick residents into believing a lie by using fear and intimidation tactics. You should know that the Lee County Sheriff’s Office will never call you asking for money or threaten arrest if you don’t “pay up”. It’s also important to realize you can no longer rely on the Caller ID system when determining whether a call is legitimate or not.
You are urged to never purchase prepaid cards at the request of a stranger. Scammers love these cards because they are difficult to trace, no photo identification is needed to collect or spend the money, and you can move cash immediately off the card using the card’s account number and PIN.
If you have received one of these calls and would like to report it, please contact the Sheriff’s Office Fraud Line at 258-3292. If you are a victim and have lost cash in this scam, please call the Sheriff’s Office main line at 477-1000.