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Jackson County Sheriff issues warning after scammer poses as local deputy

The scammer claims to be "Detective Sellers"
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Posted at 3:24 PM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 15:24:04-04

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — If you've received a call from a "Detective Sellers," threatening to arrest you if you don't send him prepaid cards, the Jackson County Sheriff's office says it's scam.

Deputies say that on Tuesday, at least one person in the Marianna area received a phone call from a male claiming to be a “Detective Sellers” from the Jackson Sheriff’s Office.

The person claiming to be law enforcement told the would-be victim that he would be arrested if he did not get Google Play pre-paid cards and send the information back to the scam caller.

JSCO says you should never give out any banking, credit card, or other vital, personal information over the phone or in response to an email without first verifying the source.

"Sheriff Roberts also reminds everyone that law enforcement will never contact a member of the public and demand money in exchange for being arrested, and neither will the Internal Revenue Service," officials wrote in a press release.

Scam calls may also show up on your caller I.D. as a local number. To do this, scammers use “spoof” apps that are widely available on the internet.

If you feel that you have been the victim of a scam or attempted scam, you are asked to contact your local law enforcement department.