Sheriff’s office used in scam

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a scam in which the perpetrator pretends to be a law enforcement officer.

Deputy Rich Aloy, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said the department received “numerous calls” today asking about the scam, which he said has been occurring for several months.

Aloy said the scammer will call a resident and identify himself as a SRC deputy. He tells the resident there’s a warrant out for his or her arrest and that they can take care of it over the phone or by mailing a payment.

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office does not make solicitation phone calls to citizens nor do officials make phone calls involving warrants or payments.

Aloy urges residents who receive such calls not to make payments. Inquiries about warrants should be directed to sheriff’s office personnel. He said the only communication residents may receive from the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office is a mailer informing them of a warrant. Anyone calling directing you to make a payment is considered a scam.


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