Deputy impersonator conning community

Deputy impersonator conning community

A conman impersonating a sheriff's deputy is calling county residents swindling money through threats of legal repercussions for those who refuse to pay, warns Detective Janois Grizzaffi of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

“Our agency has received several reports of a male subject, claiming to be Detective Paul Norris with our agency, asking for money to prevent them from having criminal charges filed against them,” Grizzaffi reports. “In a similar scam, victims are asked to send or wire money in order to bond a family member out of jail. In most of the complaints, the suspect appears to be calling from a legitimate working telephone number.”

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office does not have a detective by this name, Grizzaffi clarified, adding that OCSO and other law enforcement agencies never ask for money over the phone for any reason.

She reminds, “Never give financial information or debit/credit/gift card information over the phone. If you are being asked to wire money or to buy prepaid debit cards (gift cards, green dot cards, visa/mc, etc.) and then give information over the phone, you are most likely being the target of a scam.

“We also urge you to pass this information on to the elderly or those that may not otherwise be informed of these types of scams.”

For more information on other types of scams and consumer information, the Federal Trade Commission website at www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts.

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