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SCAM Phone Calls Demand Money to Prevent Arrest

Scammers are now using the guise of a sheriff’s deputy to extort people into immediately sending money to avoid arrest. According to Montgomery County Sheriff Darren M. Popkin, a phone scam currently going around the country has reached Montgomery County, Maryland residents.

A caller, falsely claiming to be from the sheriff’s office, says that a warrant has been issued for your arrest that will be served unless, of course, you pay up.

“Montgomery County Deputy Sheriffs will never call and threaten to arrest you unless you immediately send an electronic payment,” said Sheriff Popkin. “Deputies will never ask you to place funds for payment on a pre-paid credit card to cancel an arrest warrant.”

The scammer may get specific by giving you his name and “official” rank. The caller might also request personal information so he can clear your name and cancel the mythical arrest warrant.

The scammers may tell their victims to go to a store, get a pre-paid credit card, load it up with money, and then call a phone number with the card information.

Several Montgomery County residents have been targeted. After getting several concerned calls from the public Sheriff Popkin assigned a security deputy to investigate the phony calls.

People can protect themselves from becoming victims of identify theft by never giving out any personal information when getting an unsolicited phone call. Giving out sensitive information over the phone — both personal and financial — can put people at risk for fraud.

If you have received a scam phone call from someone claiming to be a Montgomery County (Md.) Deputy Sheriff who is going to arrest you unless you immediately send money, contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 240-777-7000. Please save any recorded messages, record the date and time of the phone call, the purported name of the caller, the call back number, and their phone number as displayed on caller ID.

For further information contact Sheriff Darren M. Popkin or Chief Deputy Sheriff Mark E. Bonanno at 240-777-7000.

Currently Accepting Applications

The Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting applications for the position of Deputy Sheriff Candidate

Applicant Process

The next scheduled testing date for the position of Deputy Sheriff Candidate will take place on Saturday, April 26 from 0815-1115hrs in the EOB cafeteria (101 Monroe Street). Applicants are encouraged to reserve a testing slot via the Office of Human Resources (posting will be available effective Saturday, February 1), but may also “walk in.” Applicants should review the list of minimum requirements and ensure that they have a driver’s license or other valid government identification the day of testing.

Inquiries regarding the application process and testing should be directed to Lt. Uy or DSIII Veiga at 240-777-7108

The Sheriff's Office is first Sheriff's Office in the State of Maryland to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The Sheriff's Office received its initial accreditation in November of 1995 and underwent successful on site re-evaluations in 2000, 2003, and 2006, 2009 and most recently in 2012. In order to receive and maintain accreditation, the Sheriff's Office has to demonstrate voluntarily that they meet over 4 6 0 professionally recognized standards for excellence in management and service delivery.