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Sheriff: Curry County Phone Scammers Posing as Sheriff's Office

Someone is targeting Curry County residents, posing as someone with the Sheriff's Office — threatening arrest for anyone who fails to pay a fine.

Posted: Feb 11, 2019 4:27 PM

GOLD BEACH, Ore. — Phone scammers are targetting people in Curry County, posing as a member of the Sheriff's Office, according to the real Curry County Sheriff's Office (CCSO).

A message issued on the Curry County Emergency Alert system said that a male caller has been contacting residents, with caller ID showing "Sheriff's Office" for the recipient.

The caller, giving the name Sergeant Chris Bishop, then tells people that they have a warrant(s) out for their arrest, "that they missed jury duty, and that they need to pay a fine."

"If you receive a phone call that is similar to this, please call and report it to 541-247-3243, do not pay him or give him ANY information," the Emergency Alert said.

Pseudo-Sergeant Bishop leaves a direct line number to reach him, and calling the number rings to a recording that is similar to the real Sheriff's Office, but is not in any way affiliated with CCSO.

"Please understand that the Sheriffs office of any law enforcement will never call and tell you that you have an active warrant or have you pay a fine that way," the alert said.

This kind of scam has become incredibly common, with recent examples in both Jackson and Josephine counties over the past several months.

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