An old scam has resurfaced with a new twist. Crooks pretending to be cops. But this time they use a phone number that rings to a phony sheriff's office.
Diane Howard tells a real sheriff's detective how a phony one almost got her to send money for fines that don't exist. Diane Howard says, " I was in panic mode. I felt threatened, I felt frightened and I felt defensive because all of a sudden there were warrants in my name."
Diane says the caller claimed she had outstanding warrants in Sarpy County and to convince her gave a phone number to call back. The voice is of a phony deputy on the recording.
Scammers use missed jury duty as the reason for the warrants and they warn if you don't pay 12-hundred dollars you'll end up in front of a judge. But here's a red flag. They don't want you to come down to the courthouse to pay the fine.
The scammer wanted Diane to send an electronic funds transfer by phone. But Sheriff's detective. Matt Barrall says, " We would never ask for any payments over the phone or online transfers, no credit card numbers."
Diane says the funds transfer demand made her realize she's the target of a scam. "This was something peculiar that I needed to verify. But if I had an electronic device who knows, I might well have fallen victim."
Diane tells the detective she doesn't know how the conman got her name and number but if he calls back she'll issue a verdict with a hang-up.
The phony sheriff's number has been disconnected.
It had a 402 area code but likely went to another state or country.
The detective has heard from two Sarpy county residents who received the scam calls.