June 16, 2024

Phone Scam

Phone ScamPhone ScamIncreasing Phone Scams Alert from Hillsborough County Sheriff (HCSO)

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warning to its residents about a rising number of phone scams where the scammers pretend to be HCSO employees.

These fraudsters are reaching out to residents over the phone, alleging to be officers and falsely insinuating that the call recipient has a pending warrant. The scammers then demand substantial amounts of money, instructing their victims to either draw cash or make payments via Bitcoin or gift cards, to avoid being arrested.

“The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office will never seek payments over a phone call, particularly not via doubtful methods like cash delivery or digital currencies,” Sheriff Chad Chronister stated. “When you get a dubious call demanding funds and claiming to be from the Sheriff’s Office, instantly disconnect and let us know about the incident.”

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To inform about the scam call, contact us at 813-247-8200 or report online.

Following are some crucial points to remember to safeguard against phone scams:

  • The Sheriff’s Office will never ask for payments or personal information over the phone.
  • Warrants cannot be solved with cash transactions.
  • Genuine law enforcement organizations do not accept payments in Bitcoin or gift cards.

If you believe you’re being targeted by fraudsters, actions suggested by HCSO include:

  • Immediately disconnect the call.
  • Do not disclose any personal details.

In addition, it’s highly recommended to inform this to your friends and family, especially those who might be easily targeted by these scams.

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