Bay County Sheriff's Office says scammers are spoofing their number

The Bay County Sheriff's Office has issued a Scam Alert for residents, saying a caller is spoofing the sheriff's office. Image Source: MGN

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Bay County Sheriff's Office has issued a scam alert for Bay County residents.

The BCSO has received complaints about a scam involving a man calling residents, claiming to be an employee at the Bay County Sheriff's Office.

The scammer informs his intended victim that they have a warrant issued by the BCSO, but they can pay a fine to avoid arrest. The fine is to be paid using gift cards.

Scammers have the ability to use Caller ID Spoofing, which is when the scammer can make any number appear on the phone's Caller ID screen, according to BCSO.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office will never call to inform someone they have a warrant and they can pay a fine to avoid arrest by using gift cards and paying over the phone.

If you have been victimized by a scam, please report it to your local law enforcement.

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