Scam alert: Imposter pretending he's a sheriff's deputy

Published: Mar. 14, 2016 at 7:29 PM MST|Updated: May. 9, 2016 at 8:40 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Pima County Sheriff's Department has issued a statement saying a man is calling people in the county, pretending to be a member of the department in an attempt to steal money.

The caller claims there is a warrant out for the potential victim's arrest, and the only way to fix the problem is to pay a fine immediately with a prepaid card.

According to the statement, this is a scam that's been going on for years, saying in part:

"In a recent case, the imposter used the name Lt. Jefferson and called from phone number 520-253-5276. When the potential victim called the imposter back, they heard a recording on the line claiming it was the Pima County Sheriff Warrants Division. Fortunately, the potential victim in this case did not lose any money."

Department officials said over the years, this scam has cost people in Pima County hundreds of dollars.

The statement also provided this advice:

"If you receive a phone call from a person claiming to be from the Pima County Sheriff's Department soliciting payments or asking for money, record the person's name, badge number, and call back number, then contact our non-emergency number 520-351-4900 to verify the person is a Pima County Sheriff's Department employee with a legitimate reason to contact you prior to returning the call."

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