PCSO, FCSO warning of scammers posing as deputies

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    PULASKI COUNTY/FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is warning the residents of its county to take heed if they receive a phone call from a deputy claiming to be "Lt. Allen".

    Lt. Carl Minden said whoever is calling is actually a scam artist trying to get your personal information and your money. No one named Lt. Allen works for the sheriff's office.

    According to Minden, this "Lt. Allen" is telling people that they have an outstanding fine that needs to be paid immediately over the phone through a debit or credit card.

    Minden confirmed that the sheriff's office does not collect fines, and they do not take debit or credit cards for any of the services they offer.

    That's not the only law enforcement agency reporting a scam artist trying to wedge their way into someone else's funds. The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office released a statement saying that a scammer is telling people they had been selected for jury duty, but they missed their jury date and now have a warrant out for their arrest.

    Chief Deputy Matt Rice said the person on the other end of the line will tell you that you can go to the ATM and get cash or go to Wal-mart and get a money card, and then you can meet them somewhere to pay for the warrant or call them back with a card number.

    Rice said the sheriff's office will never call you and ask for money or to meet you on the side of a road to take a payment.

    Tips for avoiding these scams:

    • Get the name and number of the person calling.
    • Call the law enforcement agency the caller says they are representing to verify the authenticity of the request.
    • Never give any information to such a caller.

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