BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County Sheriff's office has received several reports of people contacted by a man claiming to work for the Sheriff's Office, trying to bilk residents out of money. According to DCSO, the caller identifies himself using various names of Sheriff's Office employees. He then claims the person missed jury duty and has a warrant issued for their arrest. The caller then asks the potential victim to send him money to clear up the warrant, or they will be arrested.
The Sheriff's Office wants the public to know this is a scam, and people should never send money without verifying the information they are being provided. DCSO does not advise citizens they have a warrant over the phone; typically, people would be contacted in person by a deputy with proper credentials.
Anyone receiving calls like this are asked to contact the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office at 541-693-6911.