Bay County Sheriff's Office investigators are warning locals about a scammer who's impersonating one of them. The caller claims he's a sheriff's office warrants investigator and says he has a warrant for your arrest.
20-year-old Amber Berger was anxiously awaiting a phone call for a job offer Wednesday afternoon. Instead she received an unexpected call from a man claiming to be a Bay County Sheriff's Office Warrants Investigator.
"He said there's a warrant out for you and we need to get where you live because you've missed a court date," said Berger.
Berger says the call seemed legitimate at first.
"The guy sounded real like it was a sheriff or something and so I started freaking out. It made me totally upset and I know it would make other people upset if it makes me upset. I don't get upset that easy," said Berger.
The caller told Berger she could avoid arrest by paying a fine. She says she didn't realize it was a scam until she tried to call the warrants officer back on the North Central Florida phone number.
When NewsChannel 7 tried to call that number, the phone number had been disconnected.
Berger believes the scammers got her number from the internet.
"I've been putting in for job offers and stuff like that and you have to put your phone number on some sites. Not only do people look at that, but other people look at the simple fact that you put that number on there," said Berger.
Bay County Sheriff's investigators say they've received a handful of calls about the scam. Some say the caller has even asked for banking information to pay the so-called fine.
"We believe that the caller IDs on these numbers were spoofed and there's some internet services out there that allows people to do that," said Major Tommy Ford with the Bay County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff's officials say warrants deputies serve arrest warrants in-person and they never ask for personal information.
If you've received one of these calls, you're asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 747-4700.