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Victims of ‘sheriff’s deputy scam’ have warning for others | #phishing | #scams | #hacking | #aihp

BELLEVILLE, Ill. – Amy Johnson from Belleville handed over $600 to a scammer pretending to be a sheriff’s deputy, telling her she had to pay up or face arrest.

Sheriff’s departments in both St. Clair County and the City of St Louis issued a warning to residents to watch out for the scam but it came too late for Johnson.

The scammer told Johnson she’d failed to appear for a federal grand jury summons on Aug. 22. The person warned her that if she hung up the phone, a warrant would be issued for her arrest.

St. Clair County has received at least three calls from the scammers.

Fraudsters have also reached a number of callers with the same scam in St. Louis City.

“He’s pretending to be a deputy sheriff. He’s using deputy sheriff names,” St. Louis Sheriff Vernon Betts said. “So far, we know that in one situation somebody gave him $7,000, and in another situation, we know that he’s gotten $2,000, we think, twice from two different people.”

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