The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has issued a scam alert regarding a telephone scheme in which the caller falsely identifies himself as a PBSO official.
On Friday, Jan. 22, a victim reported receiving a call from a suspect who identified himself as “Lt. Cross” of the Palm Beach County Sheriff Office. The suspect told the victim that a warrant had been issued for his arrest for the failure to attend jury duty, but that the matter could be resolved if a fine of $5,555 was paid.
The caller instructed the victim to purchase prepaid NetSpend or Reloadit cards with a $500 value each and call back with the authorization numbers. Once the authorization was received, the caller said that the warrant would be released. The suspect called from (561) 232-8580; a recorded message answers the line.
PBSO officials stress that it is not a practice of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to request payment over the phone. This is a scam, and victims are urged to make a report with their local law enforcement agency.