A press release said last Sunday they were notified by a resident of Alpharetta of a scam involving the impersonation of a BCSO deputy. The caller said she had received a phone call from a person stating that he was “Lt. Martin” who claimed she had missed jury duty and that a warrant had been issued for her arrest. The scammer said she could pay off the warrant by purchasing a green dot pre-paid card and providing “Lt Martin” with its account number, which she did. She was then told to destroy all paperwork documenting the transaction.
Also Sunday a Twin City woman reported an almost identical scam. She also provided the ficticious “deputy” with a green dot account number.
Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson stressed that no employee of his office will contact you soliciting money. The Sheriff’s office does not accept monetary payments of any kind, even for traffic tickets written by deputies. If you miss court and a warrant is issued for your arrest, a deputy will either arrest you and transport you to the jail for processing or contact you by phone and direct you to turn yourself in to the sheriff’s office. Warrants cannot be dismissed simply by paying money, they require the person to be arrested or for the person to appear in court and have the warrant lifted by a judge.
Anderson said do not send money to anyone based on a phone call, no matter how official it may sound. If you do receive such a call, report it immediately to your local law enforcement agency.