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Phone scammers targeting county residents

Sheriff’s office is investigating

The Daily Astorian

Published on March 7, 2018 6:40PM


Scammers have been calling Clatsop County residents and posing as sheriff’s deputies asking for bail money.

The sheriff’s office said it is investigating the scams but does not have any suspects.

Callers — using local numbers — have offered names like “Sgt. Sullivan,” “Sgt. Smith” and “Deputy Harper.” After telling victims they have warrants for their arrest — usually for missing jury duty — they ask for payment over the phone.

Scammers then instruct victims to stay on the line and obtain prepaid debit cards from a store to use for the payment.

Callers likely have some personal and geographical knowledge through online research, the sheriff’s office said. However, the office does not call people to issue warrants or accept payments over the phone.

Anyone who may have been contacted by the scammers can call Detective Justin Dersham at 503-325-8635.



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