Scam claims to involve Walton County Sheriff's Office

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Walton County Sheriff’s Office wants to warn you of an ongoing phone scam involving suspects claiming to be with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

When residents in Walton County come home they may have a voicemail for failure to appear at a jury summons. This call is a scam.

They say they have received numerous calls from people who are reporting a recording on their phones claiming they have failed to appear for jury duty and have a warrant for their arrest. The scammer then goes on to say the warrant can be taken care of by paying a fine; they leave a phone number and ask you to call 850-859-4086 if you have any questions.

This number leads to a recording claiming to be the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. But it is not the Walton County Sheriff's Office.

Walton County Sheriff’s Office is asking you to remember:
1. A law enforcement officer will never ask for cash in the event a family member has a warrant.
2. Do NOT wire transfer or purchase gift cards for anyone claiming to be a law enforcement officer or any other government representative.
3. Never give out or confirm personal financial or other sensitive information over the phone.
4. Verify, verify, verify.

If you have become a victim of this scam you are asked to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850)-892-8111.