CASPER, Wyo. — Both the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) and the Cheyenne Police Department on Tuesday issued messages alerting citizens of recent reports of phone scams with scammers impersonating law enforcement.
NCSO said that citizens have reported receiving calls from a scammer purporting to be “Deputy Hoffman with the Natrona County Sheriff’s Department.”
“They then use a multitude of scare tactics such as stating the citizen has missed a ‘jury duty appointment,’ has missed a court date, or that they owe money to the ‘Warrants and Citations Department,’” NCSO said of the phone scams. “They proceed to demand money via Apple Pay, Cash App, PayPal, and other unprotected payment methods.”
“The scammer has gone as far as providing a fake case number, and/or threatening to send a deputy to the citizen’s residence to arrest them.”
NCSO said that it will never contact citizens by telephone to collect money or financial information. The agency added that it doesn’t have a “Warrants and Citations Department.”
“If a caller is asking for a payment to the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office over the phone, that is an immediate red flag,” NCSO said. “If needed, our deputies will always gladly come and speak with you in person with proper identification. Though these scammers can often be convincing and intimidating, you can always ask them to identify who they are.”
“You can then call our non-emergency phone line at (307) 235-9282, and we are happy to verify information with you regarding warrants, court dates, case numbers, etc. Please never give out any financial or other personal information over the phone. Please share this information with your friends, family, and neighbors, and continue reporting any suspicious phone calls to us here at the Sheriff’s Office. Stay aware, Natrona County!”
The Cheyenne PD reported similar scam attempts on Tuesday involving scammers purporting to be Laramie County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
“During the call, the scammer impersonates a Laramie County Sheriff’s Deputy, stating that the individual has missed jury duty and needs to provide XXX amount of money on a money card/Visa gift card, or they will be jailed,” Cheyenne PD said. “The number the scammer calls from even connects to a fake Laramie County Sheriff’s Office phone tree.”
“A common red flag with most phone scams is the request for gift cards — you cannot pay your way out of jury duty.”
Cheyenne PD said that people wanting to verify the identity of a police officer or LCSO deputy can contact the area’s dispatch center at (307) 637-6524.