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Scam Alert: Latest scam explained

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The latest scam to hit eastern Iowa targets innocent victims, and it involves the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office too.

In the last couple days, at least 20 people reported a call from the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office.

The caller tells people he works for the sheriff's office, and they owe the county money for court fees or other various fines.

You've probably heard of similar scams, but this latest one targets victims while claiming to be Chief Deputy Captain Mark Herbst with the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Tony Thompson says now it's personal, "We work very diligently with the community. We work very hard at what we do to while trying to remain as professional as possible and engage the public as best as possible. So, we really are personally and deeply offended."

At the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Tony Thompson says if they want to reach out to you, they're more likely to come to your home and knock on your door, than call you on your phone.

"The difference is, this time they chose the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office and a very real deputy to use in exercising this scam. I take that extremely personal," Sheriff Thompson said.

Sheriff Thompson said for these scammers to target innocent people under the guise of being the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office is wrong, and he'll do anything he can to track them down.

"So, we are working with our federal partners and we are exercising every opportunity we can to get to the bottom of this, because again, too often it's too difficult, too cumbersome, too whatever for our local municipality. We have the resources, we have the manpower, and we have the intent to number one, protect our good name, and two, to hold people accountable for making bad choices," Sheriff Thompson said.

Sheriff Thompson wants to remind people, if someone calls and demands your bank information, or they tell you to buy gift cards and hand over the information, it's a scam.

He adds, gift cards are traceable, so if you've been a victim of this scam, please contact the sheriff's office.

If you'd like to reach out to the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office, click here.

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