Phone Scam in Central Oregon
Similar incidents reported on 03-22-2016.
Deschutes County Sheriff's deputies have received information that someone has either started or re-started a telephone scam within Central Oregon.
A caller will identify themselves as being from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office by name and/or rank and name. They will say that you have missed a court date or should have gotten a subpoena to appear and failed to appear. This person will say that there is a warrant or some kind of fine related to the missed court date.
The caller will then ask that you meet them to make the payment or may want you to take care of the fine asking for a debit or credit card number. They may ask you to go to a Western Union or similar financial wire service to satisfy a fine. They may also tell you that if you don't take care of this fine or warrant that a deputy will be sent to your home.
Updated Information: In this most recent incident, the caller told the victim they had been summoned or subpoenaed as a character or material witness for the state and they had failed to appear as required by law. The caller then instructed the victim purchase and Use a "Fred Meyer, Recharge Card" to complete the transaction and avoid being arrested. This was all done via telephone.
NO LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY IN CENTRAL OREGON WILL CALL ANY CITIZEN AND ASK FOR ANY CREDIT CARD, DEBIT CARD, OR CHECKING ACCOUNT INFORMATION. DO NOT AGREE TO MEET THIS PERSON TO MAKE A PAYMENT. DO NOT GIVE OUT ANY INFORMATION OR WIRE ANY MONEY TO A PERSON UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES.
If someone calls asking any kind of information like this, ask for a return phone number. If they give you a phone number call your local police agency with the return phone number and they can check in to it for you.