On Monday, May 12, 2014, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office received from a Mason County resident that they had received a telephone call from a male claiming to be a Deputy Sheriff with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office. The caller advised the victim that there was an outstanding warrant for their arrest and was then ordered to come to the Sheriff’s Office to pay a fine or that they would be arrested.
The reporting party was suspicious of the call, so they called the publicly listed number for the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, instead of the number that the suspicious caller provided and asked the Dispatcher if the name that the caller provided was a real Deputy. Dispatch advised that the suspicious caller was not a Deputy.
An on duty Deputy called the reporting party back. The reporting party relayed telephone numbers that the suspicious caller had provided. The Deputy then poised as the reporting party’s spouse and called the suspect’s number. A male answered the telephone stating that it was the Mason County Sheriff’s Office. After a short conversation, the Deputy advised the suspect that he was a Deputy Sheriff. The suspect stated that he assumed that he was a “real cop”, stated that he uses this scam to attempt to collect people’s social security numbers and then hung up.
Even though real Deputy Sheriff’s may in fact occasionally call people to advise them that they may have a warrant, a real Deputy will not ask for any individuals social security numbers over the telephone.
The Mason County Sheriff’s Office would like to request the assistance of the news media to warn the public about anyone who poses as any type of official from any agency, to not provide your social security number, bank number or any personal information over the telephone.
Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury stated that identity theft is one of the biggest and fastest growing crimes in the nation and that all citizens need to safeguard their personal information. The reporting person in this case is to be commended for not providing their personal information and for calling the Mason County Sheriff’s Office publicly listed number.
This case is under investigation and no other information is available. If you receive a similar phone call, please contact the MCSO at 360-426-4760 ext. 313 May 13, 2014/MCSO News Release