Scammers pose as law enforcement, demand money

Scammers impersonating police say you have a warrant

BEAVERTON, Ore. — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has a warning about a phone scam that often targets the elderly.

Deputy Jeff Talbot said with this scam, the person calling will claim to be a Washington County Sheriff sergeant or another member of law enforcement. The caller will say there is a warrant out for your arrest and demand money or else they'll arrest you.

Other times, the caller will claim you owe money for a ticket and demand payment. Talbot said the scammers often prey on the elderly and will often know quite a bit about you.

“A lot of times when people are calling these victims, they can provide your date of birth, the last four [digits] of your social security number, your address, your middle name,” Talbot said, “And for someone who might not know that information is indeed readily available on the internet, particularly the elderly in our community, they might think its real and might look more valid.”

Talbot said the sheriff’s office will never call and demand money. If you receive a call like this, hang up and look up the real phone number for the sheriff’s office or law enforcement agency, either online or in the phone book. Then call law enforcement immediately and report the phone call.

The only way to really stop this scam is for people to stop giving them money, Talbot said.

© 2017 KGW-TV


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