TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office (TSCO) Investigators alert the public to a phone scam making the rounds in Tulsa County Thursday.
Since Tuesday, TSCO said they have been contacted by multiple people who have received calls from scammers that identified themselves using names of actual TCSO staff members. The most recent scammer claimed to be TCSO Sgt. Mike Moore.
Often times scammers can spoof numbers on the caller ID to make it appear as though the call is coming from a number associated with TCSO. The Sheriff’s Office explained the number being used this week is (918)-324-7706.
However, TCSO explained this number can change within minutes.
The scammer has reportedly told the potential victim they have a warrant for their arrest for a missing court date or jury duty. They tell the potential victim they must immediately pay hundreds of dollars in fines in order to avoid arrest. The scammers also instruct the victim to purchase pre-paid cash cards or from local stores in order to “pay the bond” and avoid immediate arrest. They order the victim to remain on the phone with them while purchasing the pre-paid cards.
As soon as the victim buys the cards and provides the card numbers over the phone, TCSO said the scammers steal the money.
TCSO said that so far this week, one victim reported losing $450 to this scam. TCSO stated they want to prevent additional citizens from falling victim to this scam. TCSO is reminding citizens that they never call anyone with warrants to demand payment of fines using cash cards in order to avoid arrest.
If you would like to check to see if there’s an active warrant for your arrest in Tulsa County, you can check on their website.
TCSO reminded residents to hang up if they receive one of those calls. If you’re a victim of this scam, call TCSO at (918)-596-5600.
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