TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies posted a warning on their Facebook Monday night. Not only were scammers claiming to be law enforcement, they used names that some people might be familiar with.
“They have actually used actual deputy’s names that work here at the Sheriff’s Office to try and make the scam go through,” Deputy Jason Powell, the public information officer for the department, explained.
Powell said they started getting calls that someone was calling people claiming to be deputies with the department and asking for money. Potential victims were being told they had to pay up for missing court dates and having unpaid fines.
“The Sheriff’s Office at no time will request money or any type of payment by phone or call you and tell you you missed a court date,” Powell added.
In some cases, victims were told they can pay up by putting a certain amount of money on a prepaid debit card and give caller account information on the card that they can access. Those transactions are hard for investigators to track.
The scammers also had equipment to make it look like the call was coming from the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies suggest never giving anyone your personal information over the phone.