Sheriff Greg Speck cautioned the public Monday, that several telephone scams have begun circulating throughout Pulaski County.
One of the recent scams involves a call to a residence informing them that a loved one is in jail and requires an immediate cash payment to secure their release from jail on bond. The victim is instructed to send a “money gram” or gift card immediately to the scammer to secure the release of the jailed relative.
Another scam affecting Pulaski County residents is a call from an individual identifying themselves as being a Law Enforcement Officer demanding payment for failure to appear for Jury Duty. The perpetrator will also threaten eminent arrest if the payment is not made immediately in the form of an electronic transfer of funds.
Do not become a scam victim! No law enforcement agency will ever demand payment or threat of arrest over the telephone. Nor will money be demanded for release of an arrested individual over the telephone from a Detention Center.
Simply hang up on the scammer and notify your local Law Enforcement Agency that you have been contacted.
“Many of these scam artists operate outside the U.S. boundary and are difficult to prevent. The calls may be difficult to stop….but avoiding becoming a victim is easy, just don’t send money and hang up”, advised Major Jeff Hancock of the Sheriff’s Office.