Flagler sheriff warns of phone scam after victims send thousands to impersonator

Flagler sheriff warns of phone scam after victims send thousands to impersonator
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a phone scam, involving a person posing as a sergeant.
A 74-year-old woman reported that a man posing as a sheriff’s sergeant told her she had an active warrant for missing jury duty, a news release said. The imposter told then victim that if she did not pay a fine, she would be arrested.
The release said the victim was told to stay on the phone while she went to multiple stores and bought gift cards totaling $1,205. The imposter told the victim it was important she stayed on the line in case she was arrested by other law enforcement officers before her fine was paid.

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The victim learned of the scam after she hung up with the imposter and called a family member, who told her she had heard of a similar scam on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
“A law enforcement agency will never request any payments in the form of gift cards,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. If you receive a phone call from a ‘deputy’ that just doesn’t sound right, hang up and call the Sheriff’s Office directly to confirm you are actually speaking with a deputy sheriff. We are investigating these cases and following every lead to bring these scammers to justice.  
Anyone who receives a phone call from someone claiming to be a Sheriff’s Office employee is advised to hang up and call the non-emergency number at 386-313-4911.
FCSO said it’s had multiple calls from victims reporting similar incidents.