Jefferson County Sheriff warning against scammer impersonating a -

Jefferson County Sheriff warning against scammer impersonating as deputy

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JEFFERSON COUNTY (KMOV) -- Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer is warning residents of a fraudster identifying themselves as a lieutenant with the sheriff's office.

Boyer said on Monday, a victim contacted the sheriff's office saying she had been scammed by an individual claiming to be a lieutenant. Two days earlier, her brother told her a male individual had contacted him saying he was trying to contact the victim. The scammer said a judge had issued a warrant for her arrest. 

Monday, the victim contacted the individual by phone. The impostor identified himself as a lieutenant. He told the victim she had missed jury duty and if she did not pay $174, a deputy would be out to arrest her within an hour. The victim was advised to obtain a "secure recharge card" or a PayPal card and send the required amount of money to him. In return, she would get a new court date. The victim complied.

The reporting deputy called the number and a male individual answered the phone, identifying himself as a lieutenant with the sheriff's office. Once the reporting deputy identified himself as being a real deputy, the impostor claimed to be with the band Jefferson Starship and told the deputy "good luck" with his investigation.

Boyer advises that the lieutenant's name as well as the judge's name the impostor used may have been taken from the Jefferson County website. 

Boyer said if you receive this type of call and would like to check the legitimacy, to visit "Your Missouri Courts" and click on the quick link to to see if you have a warrant, or contact the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office prior to taking any action.

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