Bibb Crime Files - Scammers impersonate deputies to swindle people | News
Date: July 14
Crime: Credit card fraud, impersonating a public official, harassing phone calls.
Location: Peach Blossom Place and Trenton Terrace.
Scammers continue to call people pretending to be a member of the Bibb County Sheriff's Office telling the victim they missed jury duty and need to pay up to take care of the arrest warrant that's been issued for them.
Bibb County sheriff's officials arrested three people in March for running a similar scam and alerted the public to beware.
Apparently some people didn't get the message.
A deputy was called to 608 Mulberry St. at about 3:22 p.m. for credit card fraud. He met with a woman who said she received a call from someone claiming to be a Bibb County sheriff's deputy. He told the woman she missed jury duty and she has an arrest warrant out on her. The woman told the investigator she thought it was a joke until the scammer convinced her he was legit.
He instructed her to buy three Green Money prepaid cards and put a total of $1,179 on them. He then told her to read the numbers on the backs of the cards to him.
She complied. After she gave up the credit card numbers, she told the deputy that she realized she was the victim of a scam.
A man called the sheriff's office a couple of hours later saying his wife received the same call. When the fake deputy told his wife to go to Rite Aid, he became suspicious and called police.
The sheriff's office said they've received several such calls in the last couple of weeks of people reporting the scam. They've been able to determine that the calls are coming from the Augusta area.
"If you receive a call like this, please report it to the Bibb Sheriff's Office by calling 478-751-7500 or your local law enforcement agency," a Tuesday news release from the sheriff's office states. "Remember – Bibb Sheriff's Deputies, police officers, or court officers will never phone a citizen asking for payment of any kind."