Campus Alerts & Timely Warnings
|Friday, August 15, 2014||2:19p.m.||Other||
Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Butch Conway
2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Public Service Announcement
Deputy Shannon Volkodav - Public Information Officer
Office – 770-822-3841
For immediate release:
The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office continues to receive reports from citizens who have fallen victim to telephone scams. Although this matter is under active investigation, Sheriff Conway wants to ensure that the public is made aware of the current phone scam reports to reduce the likelihood of citizens being victimized. The local media has been very supportive in distributing our warnings to the general public and we are reaching out to area churches, civic and community organizations to further warn citizens, especially senior citizens.
The telephone scam begins with a citizen receiving a call from someone purporting to be from the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, usually identifying himself to be a sergeant or lieutenant. The caller informs you that you have failed to respond to a jury summons and that a warrant has been issued for your arrest. He then offers you the opportunity to avoid arrest by paying a fine over the phone using a pre-paid debit card, usually a Green Dot Moneypak card. Once you’ve purchased the card and relay the 14 digit code on the back of the card, this completes the scam and the chances of recovering your money are very slim.
These phone scammers are very skilled at what they do. They usually have extensive knowledge of the law enforcement agency they are impersonating and often provide a phone number where they can be reached. They sometimes use the names of staff members who actually work for the agency they are impersonating. They often have personal information about the victim they are targeting, which also lends them credibility.
These phone scams are not being perpetuated in Gwinnett County alone. Law enforcement agencies throughout the country are receiving similar reports. Although it doesn’t appear that senior citizens are being targeted, it does seem that they are more likely to believe the call is legitimate. Many seniors are law abiding citizens who have limited knowledge of law enforcement procedures, so they may be more likely to believe a convincing caller.
It is very important that citizens are aware that a law enforcement agency will never contact them by phone to request payment of any type, especially using a pre-paid debit card or Green Dot MoneyPak. Calls of this nature should be considered suspicious and they should not follow instructions to make a payment over the phone with a Green Dot MoneyPak.
Anyone who has been a victim of a phone scam in Gwinnett County may contact the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Services Division at 770-619-6655 to make a report.
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