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Phone scam targets victims using the name of an actual county Sheriff's Deputy

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You can safely say that Black Hawk County Sheriff, Tony Thompson, is livid. 

Sheriff Thompson is upset because scammers are using the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office, and specially, a veteran deputy, in targeting potential victims.

In this rather sophisticated government-imposter scheme, the scammers call an unsuspecting resident, claiming to be Black Hawk County Sherifff's Captain, Mark Herbst.  This is a scam.  

After they identify themselves as Captain Herbst, the caller tells the potential victim he or she has failed to appear in Federal Court.

The caller goes on to say, as a result, a warrant has been issued for their arrest, and that they should call the number given to them by the scammer. 

Making it sound even more convincing, the caller seems to know personal details about the unsuspecting victim and their family. 

Sheriff Thompson says when the unsuspecting Iowan calls that number, it is answered by someone who says it's the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office. It is not. 

Again. be advised; this is a scam. 

Though the scammer's number comes up on Caller ID as a Cedar Rapids number, Sheriff Thompson says, at this time, they have no idea where the calls actually originate.

Sheriff Thompson reminds citizens that neither his office nor other government agencies make phone calls of this nature. 

If you receive such a call, Sheriff Thompson requests that you hang up on the caller, and then call the real Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office to report the scam.

You can report the call at either of these numbers.  319-291-2515 or 319-291-2587.

 

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