New scam in Douglas County targeting school employees

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has received multiple reports of a new scam, and they want you to be aware.

Posted: Jan 5, 2018 2:14 PM
Updated: Jan 5, 2018 5:20 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a new scam sweeping the area after several school employees have been targeted.

They said scammers have been calling people, claiming to be from the sheriff's office. Officials said scammers are using caller ID spoofing to make it appear as if the call is coming from local law enforcement or court offices. The scammer then tells the person that they have a warrant out for their arrest.

Officials said you should hang up immediately and not give out any personal information because it is a scam.

They said in other cases, people are told they missed jury duty and are now being fined. The caller will then ask for payment via a debit or credit card, through a wire transfer or with a prepaid card.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said they will never contact you over the phone and demand payment. They said if you really do have a warrant, they will reach out to you in person.

While most of the people who have received these calls are local school employees, the sheriff's office said everyone should be aware.

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