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WCSO: Phone Scam Returns To Wakulla County

Scam Alert
Posted at 9:14 AM, Mar 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-16 10:17:29-04

CRAWFORDVILLE, Fla. (WTXL)-- A scam returns to Wakulla County where a caller threatens to arrest you if you fail to pay a fee

Deputies say in the most recent incident, a scammer contacted a Crawfordville woman claiming to be Lt. Dan Morris of the sheriff's office. He told her she would be arrested for failing to respond to jury duty. He told her she could pay a fine of $750 to avoid going to jail.

The woman did not become a victim. Deputies say she questioned the caller about his badge number before hanging up on him. 

That wasn't the only call the communications division of the sheriff's office received Sunday. They received several calls from other people who also avoided becoming a victim.  

“If you ever receive a call from someone claiming to work for the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office asking for money, it’s a scam,” said Sheriff Charlie Creel. “Nobody at this agency will ever call a citizen asking them to pay money. If you have a question as to the legitimacy of a caller, you can always contact the sheriff’s office at 745-7100 and ask if a particular person works for us. We don’t have any lieutenants by the name of Dan Morris.”