Sheriff’s Office warns of phone scam

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By Jon Johnson

GRAHAM COUNTY – The Graham County Sheriff’s Office is warning the general public about a phone scam in which the caller identifies themselves as a member of law enforcement.

According to a press release, a resident received a call from someone claiming to be a “sheriff marshal” on Wednesday, Aug. 29. The caller told the resident that he had missed jury duty and an arrest warrant had been issued.

The resident realized the call was a scam and asked to speak to the sheriff or undersheriff. Another man reportedly got on the line but could not identify either Sheriff P.J. Alder or Undersheriff Jeff McCormies.

The resident told the caller he knew it was a scam because he knew members of the Sheriff’s Office and informed the scammer that he was going to call the real authorities.

A check of the number the scammer called from revealed it to originate in the Winslow area.

The Sheriff’s Office reminds residents that this type of phone scam and others are being used throughout the state and to never give out any personal information, account numbers, or send money if a person happens to receive such a call.