Stafford Residents Outsmart Sheriff’s Office Scammer
STAFFORD, Va. — You could call this scammer creative or shameful, just don’t call some Stafford residents easily fooled.
Five Stafford County residents told authorities they received a phone call from a Lt. Paul Stevens who said he worked at the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office. He told them there was a bench warrant out for their arrests because they failed to report for jury duty.
The caller told them if they simply went to a nearby CVS Pharmacy and get a money order for the $230 for failing to appear in court, and another $200 to cover court fees, then call him back with the account number for where the money could be sent, all would be forgotten.
But, not so fast.
“When several of the citizens volunteered to come to the Sheriff’s Office to discuss the situation, the fictitious “Lt. Stevens” refused and told the citizens to send the money to him instead. Realizing that they were involved in a scam the five citizens notified the sheriff’s office and a deputy responded to their residence to take a report,” said sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy in a press release.
It turns out there is no one by the name of Lt. Paul Stevens at the sheriff’s office. And the office would never ask for money to be sent to any deputy or the department’s top brass for any reason, Kennedy said.
No one gave over any money to the scammer and no arrest has been made.
Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Stafford County Crime Solvers.