Phone scammers posing as deputies in Putnam County

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- The Putnam County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of a phone scam involving individuals posing as detectives with the sheriff's office.

According to the PCSO, the suspects are using a telephone service that allows them to choose how their phone call is identified by caller ID. The calls subsequently show they are coming from the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

The suspects tell victims they missed jury duty and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The victim is then given the option of going to jail or going to Walgreens, CVS, or Winn Dixie and getting a green dot card for a specified amount and paying the money over the telephone using the green card.

According to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, they will not contact anyone in this manner concerning a warrant or accept "payment" over the telephone to avoid arrest.

If you are contacted by anyone demanding money who says they are a law enforcement officer, please report it to the law enforcement agency in your local jurisdiction immediately.


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