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Town of Indian Shores

Posted on: July 13, 2018

[ARCHIVED] New Phone Scam in Pinellas

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office asks the public to be on alert to a recent phone scam occurring in Pinellas County.

The suspect is reportedly calling residents and identifying himself as being with the PInellas County Sheriff's Office.

The suspect informs the citizen that they have an outstanding warrant for missing jury duty. The suspect tells the citizen that if they don’t turn themselves in at the Sheriff’s Office, or pay the fines, they will be arrested at their residence.

The suspect instructs the citizen to go to the nearest convenience store to purchase a pre-paid debit, credit or gift card. The suspect instructs the citizen to provide the numbers on the back of the gift card and claims that the warrant will be purged from the system once the money is paid.

The scammer has been reported to leave a voicemail on the resident's phone stating if they did not return the phone call immediately, they would be marked as "non-compliant" and arrested shortly thereafter.

Please note: The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will never call citizens requesting money over the telephone. Detectives advise citizens to not give personal information or account information over the phone and call the Sheriff’s Office to report suspicious activity.

If anyone has information on these scams or has become a victim they are asked to call the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office at (727) 582-6200.

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