Telephone Scam using Sheriff’s Office name and telephone number

BOURNE – From Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office: The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office has become aware that its name and telephone number are being used in an effort to fraudulently impersonate the Sheriff’s Office in an effort to scam people out of money related to a missed jury duty appearance, a warrant, money owed to the IRS or some other fictitious government fine.

In this scam, the telephone call and message appears to be from 508-563-4300 and you are asked to call back 508-562-4753. While the 508-563-4300 is the Sheriff’s main telephone number, such calls are not actually coming from the Sheriff‘s Office. This type of scam is known as spoofing.

Please be advised that the Sheriff’s Office does not make calls to any person or business in an effort to collect money for warrants, jury duty, taxes or other such matters. If you receive one of these calls, hang up immediately. If the calls continue, please report the matter to your local police department.

More information about this type of scam can be found on the Federal Communications Commission’s website:
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