Morris County Sheriff Warns of more Phone Scams

A long running phone scam seeking payment for false warrants, overdue IRS payments and non-appearance for jury duty has surfaced again.  This time, the caller poses as a Sheriff’s Officer, provides a name and threatens arrest if no payment is made.  A false callback number is provided for residents to provide the pre-paid debit or Green Dot card number.

Crime Prevention Tips to Help Avoid Falling Victim to this Scam:

  • Legitimate law enforcement agencies will not tell people to provide money card information to avoid arrest.
  • Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
  • Never give out personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited.
  • Never wire money, provide debt or credit card numbers or Green Dot Money Pak card numbers to someone you do not know.
  • Remember that anyone who has the number on a Green Dot Money Pak card, has access to the funds on the card.
  • If you have received a phone scam call, try to gather names, the phone number and location given, and report it to your local police.