Press Release



 
Subject: SCAM ALERT
Incident Type: Scam
Incident Date/Time 3/5/2019 3:00:00 AM
Expire Date/Time 4/5/2019 3:00:00 AM
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SCAM ALERT: If you receive a call from someone saying they are a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy, there is a warrant for your arrest, and you must pay around $1000.00 or more to make it go away -  it’s a scam! 

Several citizens reported receiving this type of call today from our main telephone number 941-747-3011. The Sheriff's Office will not call to say deputies are coming to arrest you, and will never ask for any type of payment over the phone. Be careful not to fall for this or any other potential phone scam.

The scammers often use fake caller ID information to trick you into thinking they are someone local, someone you trust – like a government agency, police department, Sheriff's Office or a company you do business with – like your bank or cable provider. 

The practice is called caller ID spoofing, and scammers don’t care whose phone number they use. Don’t rely on caller ID to verify who’s calling. It can be nearly impossible to tell whether the caller ID information is real. 

Here are a few tips for handling these calls:

If you get a strange call from the government, hang up. If you want to check it out, visit the official (.gov) website for contact information. Government employees won’t call out of the blue to demand money or account information.

Don’t give out — or confirm — your personal or financial information to someone who calls.
Don’t wire money or send money using a reloadable card. In fact, never pay someone who calls out of the blue, even if the name or number on the caller ID looks legit.
Feeling pressured to act immediately? Hang up. That’s a sure sign of a scam.

SCAM/Fraudulent phone calls can be reported to FTC.gov and FCC.gov . Additional information on the latest scams and frauds that are being used can be found on MyFloridaLegal.com and FreshfromFlorida.com