Fake law enforcement scammer targets Pinellas residents

Pinellas County sheriff's deputies encourage the public to be on alert to a recent phone scam occurring in the county.


MADEIRA BEACH, FL (WFLA) – Someone posing a law enforcement officer is trying to part Pinellas County residents with their money.

The fake law enforcement officer is calling residents in the Madeira Beach area.

Sheriff’s deputies were notified of the phone scam on Saturday. They are encouraging the public to be on alert.

The caller is posing as Pinellas County sheriff’s Lt. Brad Fisher, with badge No. 588.

Deputies have been alerted to eight incidents in which Pinellas County residents have been targeted by the phone scam since Saturday. Residents were told they had failed to appear in court.

The caller, who is a male, told them if they do not pay a $5,500 fine, he would send a deputy to their home to arrest them.

He uses a telephone number with a (727) area code, the news release states.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office does not call residents requesting money over the telephone.

Deputies advise people not to provide personal information or account information over the phone unless they initiate the phone call.

Anyone with information on this scam or is a victim should call the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office at (727) 582-6200.



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