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 May 19, 2017 - Dauphin County Sheriff warns of phone scam targeting residents

The Dauphin County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) is issuing a warning about a phone scam targeting residents.     

Sheriff Nicholas Chimienti Jr. has received numerous complaints over the past few days about scammers claiming to be from the DCSO. The scammers indicate to the victim they are in contempt of court for failure to show up for jury duty at the Dauphin County Courthouse. They indicate to the victim that a judge has issued an arrest warrant and the victim will be taken directly to prison. The scammer then requests the victim to purchase a pre-paid Money Pak Card for close to two thousand dollars available at local pharmacies, businesses or grocery stores. These cards are used primarily for Ebay or PayPal but money can also be transferred to anyone via a cellphone or a bank account that uses a website .  The scammer tells the victim they must stay on the telephone the entire time while the person drives to a local store or pharmacy to purchase the money cards. In one case the victim gave scammers the code of the card and lost $500.00.  The victim then realized it was a scam and did not furnish the card numbers for the remainder of the $1500.00 in cards that were purchased to pay the scammers.   

“These calls are bogus and do not originate from the Dauphin County Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Chimienti.  “In various parts of the county, residents are being targeted and threatened with arrest by deputy sheriffs for failure to appear for jury duty.  If you or someone you know receives a threatening call from someone claiming to be from the Sheriff’s Office, do not share any sensitive information with them and report the call.”
The Sheriff’s Office does not require anyone to provide sensitive information in any telephone call, nor to purchase any kind of monetary device to avoid arrest.
Anyone who has been a victim of this scam should try to record as much information as possible, such as a name, call-back number or email address, without giving any of their personal information away. Persons receiving a suspicious call or phone message should immediately file a complaint regarding these or other scams by calling their local police or the Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection’s toll-free helpline number at 1-800-441-2555.

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