In response to the growing number of phone scam reports, Sheriff Butch Conway has initiated the formation of a multi-jurisdictional task force to combat the problem. Last week, leaders from multiple law enforcement jurisdictions met at the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office to pool resources and identify measures to counteract this organized criminal enterprise.
The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, along with many other law enforcement agencies, has received numerous reports from citizens advising that they were the targets of a telephone scam. The caller identifies himself as a member of our Warrants Division and advises the victim that he/she did not respond to a jury summons and that to avoid arrest, he/she can pay the associated fines using a pre-paid debit card, usually a Green Dot card.
Similar phone scams have been reported throughout several Georgia and out of state jurisdictions, some with slight variations, such as the caller claiming that the victim has not paid an outstanding traffic or parking ticket and can avoid arrest by paying associated fines over the phone.
These callers are extremely convincing and have extensive knowledge of the local agency that they are impersonating. It is critical that citizens are aware that no law enforcement agency will ever solicit payment of fines over the telephone, especially with the use of pre-paid debit cards. Any caller making such a request should be considered suspicious. Citizens are encouraged to report all phone calls of this nature to their local law enforcement agency.
If you have received a phone call of this nature, please contact the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Services Division at 770-619-6655.