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Jackson County Sheriffs Office warns of phone scam, someone pretending to be attorney

Jackson County Sheriff's Office phone scam
Jackson County Sheriff's Office phone scam(AP Newsroom)
Published: Jan. 23, 2021 at 4:09 PM CST
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JACKSON CO, Fla (WTVY) - The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public of a phone scam that’s taking place in the community.

The caller is pretending to be an attorney who identifies himself as Dennis Mitchell. The caller claims a family member, typically a grandson, has been involved in a car accident with an open container and has been arrested in New York.

“The suspect generally has some type of personal information about the victims or their family member that leads the victims to think the call is authentic,” the Sheriff’s Office said. “The subject then advises the victim that their family member needs bond money in order to be released from custody. The bond amount stated generally starts around $8,000 or $9,000. If the victim advises that they don’t have that much money the suspect will begin to negotiate a lower monetary amount. The suspect then request the victims to Fed Ex cash or wire the money to him.”

The Sheriff’s Office says if you receive this type of call, do not send money or provide personal information to the individual. You’re asked to take the time to call the identified family member that has allegedly been arrested or check with other family members before taking any action. Unfortunately, many times the money that is sent is not able to be recovered.

If you receive a call similar to this you can contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at (850)482-9648 and make an information report documenting the fraudulent call.

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