PHONE SCAM ALERT: New scam impersonates Sheriff’s Office
A new scam is targeting citizens in the DeKalb County area, and is impersonating the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.
Approximately 4 pm today, the Sheriff’s Office was notified by a concerned citizen that she was contacted by a “Deputy Farley” who claimed to be with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO). The deputy informed her that he had a warrant for her arrest, and that she must pay $2000 to avoid arrest.
No person is employed with the DCSO by the name “Farley” and our office would never contact residents by phone demanding money in regards to arrest warrants. The number used to contact the citizen was (256)849-2984 and this number was given to contact to make payments.
When called, the number has a very convincing automated menu that even references the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.
DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the scam: “This is simply an act by people who have worked hard to try and take away what our good citizens have worked hard for. We will respond by working even harder to make sure this doesn’t happen by pursuing these scams and holding folks accountable for their ruthless actions!”
“Please avoid giving these type of scams any information that could get you caught up in the middle of an illegal scam,” continued Welden. “Feel free to contact our office in any event you have questionable calls and remember we would never call you demanding money.”
“Be aware of the questions being asked and look beyond the norm. Ask yourself for example, ‘is this an attempt to draw me away from home?’” said Welden.
“Be Safe and God Bless!” Nick Welden.