A phone scam is once again making the rounds, targeting potential victims across Tulsa County.
Over the past two days, TCSO investigators have been contacted by multiple people who have received calls from scammers that identified themselves using the names of actual TCSO staff members. This time the scammer is claiming to be Sgt. Mike Moore. Often times to scammer can spoof the number on the caller ID to make it appear as though the call is coming from our number. The number being used this week is: 918-324-7706. But this phone number being used by the scammer can change within minutes.
The scammer tells the potential victim they have a warrant for their arrest for missing a court date or jury duty. They tell the victim they must immediately pay hundreds of dollars in fines in order to avoid arrest. They instruct the victim to purchase pre-paid cash cards or from local stores in order to “pay the bond” and avoid immediate arrest. They order the victim to remain on the phone with them while purchasing the cards. As soon the victim buys the cards and provides the card numbers over the phone, the money is stolen by the crook.
So far this week, one victim has reported losing $500 dollars to this scam. Another second victim came forward on Sunday to report losing $400 to the scam. This time the crook claimed to be “Lieutenant Reynolds” from TCSO.
We want to prevent additional citizens from falling victim to this scam. So TCSO is remind citizens that we never call anyone with warrants to demand payment of fines using cash cards in order avoid arrest.
If you’d like to check to see if there’s an active warrant for arrest in Tulsa County, you can do on our website using this link: tcsook.glyphreports.com
If you receive one of these calls, hang up. If you’re a victim of this scam, call us 918-596-5600 to file a report.