Crime & Courts

Scammer ‘once again’ claiming to be Sheriff’s Office employee. Don’t fall for it

If you got a call from someone claiming to be a Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office employee, it could be fake.

The agency on Friday said it has “once again” been told that a scammer is identifying himself as a Sheriff’s Office employee or a Drug Enforcement Agency agent.

Sometimes the scammer or scammers claim the people they’re calling are victims of identify theft and ask for their social security numbers, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Scammers often use caller ID spoofing technology to make calls appear as if they are coming from a local number. During the calls, scammers sound official and “make good people feel desperate and concerned,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

“Please don’t fall into this trap. Do not give your personal information, including your social security number, out to someone who calls you,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

Hang up instead.

The agency also urged people to avoid paying people who call with these stories. That includes giving out credit and debit card numbers and sending gift cards or prepaid debit cards.

If you want to verify that a call from a person claiming to be a Sheriff’s Office employee is legitimate, you can call the Sheriff’s Office at 316-660-3880.

If you have fallen victim to a scam, call 911 or your local law enforcement agency.

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Amy Renee Leiker has been reporting for The Wichita Eagle since 2010. She covers crime, courts and breaking news and updates the newspaper’s online databases. You can reach her at 316-268-6644. She’s an avid reader and mom of three in her non-work time.