Contact: Teresa Harris – 610.278.5955
Be aware of telephone scammers posing as sheriff’s deputies
Norristown, Pa. (June 6, 2018) – Telephone scammers posing as Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies are threatening citizens with arrest and demanding cash. The scam calls are coming from 610-589-0600, a phone number which is not associated with any County departments including the Sheriff’s Office. The scammers’ phone recording says that callers have reached the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and to leave a message.
“The Sheriff’s Office never handles money and doesn’t call residents unless a warrant has been issued,” said Sheriff Sean P. Kilkenny. “Never give out your personal information unless you initiated the call, or it’s someone you know.”
In the past, scammers have used several methods to intimidate residents. The imposters tell residents that they owe money to the IRS, or that there is a warrant for their arrest. Scammers can “spoof” caller IDs so that it matches the telephone number of the Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division. They also use official titles and ranks on their voicemail messages which closely resemble the MCSO.
Sometimes victims are told to buy Green Dot Money Pak prepaid cards for specific amounts, then call the scammers back with the prepaid card numbers.
If you think you may have business with the Sheriff’s Office, you may call us directly at 610-278-3331, and we will help direct your call,” said Kilkenny. “Otherwise, you may report the scam calls to
your local police department or call the Montgomery County Detectives Bureau at 610-278-3368.”
The mission of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is to protect the citizens of the County and provide services to taxpayers with honesty, integrity, and transparency. For more information about the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office visit our website. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.