New scam involves threat of arrest
Washington County Sheriff's Office reported that people are receiving scam phone calls claiming to be from the Washington County Sheriff's Office and demanding money.
Members of the public reported receiving suspicious phone calls in which an unknown suspect claims to be a Washington County Sheriff's Office sergeant ,who tells the person they have a warrant and must pay cash or pre-paid "Green Dot" cards or they will be arrested.
Deputies say the scammer is able to provide private information about the person answering the call, such as their date of birth and address. This might cause some people — particularly senior citizens, who might not know such information is readily accessible on the Internet — to believe the call is credible.
The Sheriff's Office does not accept any type of money or payment over the phone. Similar phone scams include someone impersonating a Sheriff's Office representative calling and claiming the person missed jury duty or a loved one needed to be bailed out of jail.
If a phone call seems suspicious, members of the public are encouraged to hang up and call the agency back on a known phone number to verify its authenticity.
By Mandy Feder-Sawyer
Reporter, Beaverton Valley Times
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