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Scammer claiming to be deputy calls and demands cash

Officials warn that agencies do not seek payment on phone

Washington County sheriff’s deputies are warning the public about a recent scam, where people pose as law enforcement officers in order to steal your money.

In the past few days, deputies have received numerous reports of a man or men calling people claiming to be a lieutenant or sergeant with the sheriff’s office. The suspects tell victims a warrant has been issued for their arrest, and that deputies will arrest them unless they send money.

The incident was reported to deputies several times on Friday and Saturday, according to officials. It’s unclear if anyone has yet fallen for the scam.

Officials say no law enforcement agency will ever call and tell someone that he/she can clear up a warrant by making a payment over the phone or by sending a pre-paid credit card. The only way a warrant can be cleared is by going before a judge. A judge could then impose a fine and order the defendant to make payments to the court.

People are asked to call the non-emergency number at 503-629-0111 if they suspect they have been targeted for fraud.

Deputies are currently investigating the crimes, but no arrests have been made, officials said.

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