According to the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office, they have received several complaints regarding an individual involved in a phone scam.
According to officials, the scammer is claiming to be an employee with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office and appears to be targeting individuals with prior arrests and or registered sex offenders.
Authorities say the scammer has been telling victims that they have unpaid fines, and they will be arrested if they don’t purchase prepaid debit cards and or gift cards and provide him with the numbers on these cards.
BCSO say they have received complaints in the past of scammers identifying themselves as a BCSO deputy, and informing residents that they missed jury duty, there is a warrant for their arrest, or they missed court for a traffic violation. The end goal of this scam is to lead the victim to believe that the only way to resolve the issue is to send money.
"These scams are well thought out and the caller often provides a telephone number to call back in an effort to appear legitimate," officials said. "You may even hear a recording indicating that you have reached the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office. In this case the suspect is targeting those who may be more inclined to believe they have unfinished business with our agency or would otherwise be motivated to go to great lengths to avoid re incarceration."
Officials want to urge citizens to be aware that this is a scam. The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office will never request personal information over the phone or in a voicemail. We will not ask anyone to pay any fines with cash or with a gift card for traffic citations, for missing jury duty or to avoid arrest.
We are currently investigating this scam, and if anyone has been a victim of this or any other scam please contact the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office at 251-937-0202.