On Wednesday, both the Yuma and Maricopa County sheriff’s offices issued advisories to resident about scammers posing as law enforcement officials.
According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), several residents have reported phone calls from people impersonating MCSO employees. The scammers claim to be employees of the Sheriff’s Office, while telling residents they have a warrant for their arrest for missing jury duty or unpaid fines.
Potential victims are told immediate financial compensation must be made and instruct residents to withdraw cash, purchase money orders or gift cards and provide them the card numbers. They even go as far as telling residents to meet up with them at the MCSO headquarters to collect payment, all to get residents to believe they are an employee of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
The caller(s) are referencing personal information obtained regarding MCSO staff members including name, date of birth, and phone number.
The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) has received numerous calls in reference to a scam that is occurring throughout Yuma County. Reporting parties have notified YCSO that a male subject, identifying himself as “Chief Deputy Warren Randall” with the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, is stating that they are out of compliance for their sex offender registration, and a warrant will be issued immediately if they don’t comply.
The phone number that is being used to make this call is (928) 248-3106.