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Sheriff Warns Citizens of Telephone Scam

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Sheriff Al Nienhuis is issuing a scam alert.

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Once again, citizens have contacted the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office to report they have received a telephone call (sometimes automated) from someone identifying him or herself as being from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. The caller tells the victim there is a warrant for his or her arrest and in order to “clear this up” a sum of several thousand dollars must be paid.

Unfortunately, at least one citizen, who does not wish to be named, has already fallen victim to this scam.

If you receive a call from someone claiming to be with the Sheriff’s Office, the IRS, or someone telling you that you owe money and you MUST PAY IT NOW, hang up, it’s a scam. Calls of this nature are not made by law enforcement agencies and/or the IRS.

In an attempt to sound authentic, the scammer may use the name of an actual employee at the Sheriff’s Office or provide the correct telephone number for the agency. The scammer may also use an app to “spoof” the number they are calling from, to make it appear they are actually calling from the HCSO or at the very least, a local telephone number.

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During the call, the scare tactics are used to get the victim to pay money now. One such recent tactic was “You have a warrant for your arrest. You must pay now, or you will be arrested.”

Again, employees of law enforcement agencies do not call citizens to demand money. If you receive a call like this, hang up, it’s a scam.

Outstanding warrants absolutely cannot be resolved over the telephone. Warrants can only be cleared through the court system. Individuals with outstanding warrants should turn themselves in at any Sheriff’s Office location or Detention Facility.

For more information, or to check if you have an outstanding warrant, please visit https://www.hernandosheriff.org/…/records/localwarrants.aspx .

Leslie Stein
Leslie Stein
Leslie Stein has over 35 years experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist working with neurologically impaired adults. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of South Florida in Speech Pathology. Leslie specializes in caring for individuals who have been effected by multiple medical conditions both acute and degenerative. Populations she cares for includes, but is not limited to, patients suffering from the symptoms of Stroke, Parkinsons, Alzheimers/Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, and ALS which can adversely affect communication, cognition and swallow. Many years of experience has provided her with extensive knowledge and skills when developing individualized therapeutic techniques to help these patients return to their prior level of functioning or improving the quality of their life.
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