The Bay County Sheriff’s Office issued a scam alert today to make the public aware of an old phone scam with a dangerous new twist that is currently in the Bay County area.
Several complaints have been made to the BCSO about a phone scam requesting payment to remove a warrant and avoid arrest, deputies wrote in a news release. The scammer claims to be a specific lieutenant from the Warrants Division of the BCSO. He addresses his intended victim by name and informs them they have outstanding warrants. But, if they wish to avoid arrest, they can pay to have the warrants removed. The victim is instructed to get cash or green dot cards to pay off the warrant.
The man claiming to be a lieutenant then instructs the victim to meet him at a location in Bay County to pay him the money or give him the green dot cards, officials wrote.
“The Bay County Sheriff’s Office will never offer someone with a warrant the opportunity to pay money to avoid arrest,“ Sheriff Tommy Ford said. “And never, ever agree to meet someone claiming to be law enforcement in an unfamiliar location to pay to avoid arrest on a warrant. This is a potentially dangerous situation and very concerning to us.“
To report a scam, call the BCSO Scam Hotline at 248-2328. If you have been victimized by a scammer, call the Bay County Sheriff’s office at 747-4700 to file a complaint and begin an investigation.