Boone County Sheriff’s Office warns about latest phone scam


Columbia, Mo. (KMIZ)

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office is warning about the latest phone scam where scammers are posing as a deputy and attempting to steal the victim’s money.

The Sheriff’s Department says the scammers are impersonating deputies and they will claim the victim has failed to do something like paying a fine, show up for court or appear for jury duty and will ask you to pay over the phone.

Authorities say they do not call and try to collect money over the phone and the only place money is collected by them is for bonds or warrants and will be at the Boone County Jail.

Sarah Wetzel with the Better Business Bureau says it all starts with what shows up on your caller i.d.

“They can spoof their phone numbers so when it comes through your cell phone on your caller i.d it looks like it can the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, the IRS, the FBI,” Wetzel said.

But, it is easier than you think…

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