Telephone Scammers Posing as Government Agencies with Forged Caller ID
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has received several new reports of a telephone scam that involves people identifying themselves as some government agency such as the Internal Revenue Service or as law enforcement. The scammers are using a telephone service that allows them to choose how they are identified by caller ID so it may appear on your telephone as if they are with the agency they claim to be. The individual will telephone the victim and demand payment of money to avoid a penalty or perhaps even to avoid being arrested. The victim is then instructed to purchase a green dot card for a specified amount and to pay the money over the telephone using the green card.
Please be aware this is a scam! No government agency or law enforcement agency will contact anyone in this manner and demand money. If you are contacted by anyone demanding money who says they are a law enforcement officer or with some other government agency, please do not pay them anything. If you have already fallen victim to this scam, please report it to the law enforcement agency in your local jurisdiction.