Telephone Scam Alert
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of a telephone scam that involves people identifying themselves as Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office. The scammers are using a telephone service that allows them to choose how their phone call is identified by caller ID. Consequently, caller ID will show the scam call is coming from the Sheriff’s Office. The individual will telephone the victim, tell them they missed jury duty and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The victim is then given the option of going to jail or going to Walgreens, CVS, or Winn Dixie and getting a green dot card for a specified amount and paying the money over the telephone using the green card.
Please be aware this is a scam! The Sheriff’s Office will not contact anyone in this manner concerning a warrant or accept “payment” over the telephone to avoid arrest. If you are contacted by anyone demanding money who says they are a law enforcement officer, please do not pay them anything and report it to the law enforcement agency in your local jurisdiction.