Monroe County Sheriff’s Department issues warning about phone scam

Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2014 --- 11:09 a.m.

Monroe Co. Sheriff's officials are warning people about a phone scam.

Below is a message that the department shared on Facebook Tuesday:

Unknown individuals are making phone calls claiming to be Sheriff Quirin or someone from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.

These individuals tell the person that there is a warrant for their arrest and the bond needs to be paid immediately or they will be arrested. These individuals request a money pak or money gram. Once the numbers are given to them, the money is immediately retrieved.

These unknown individuals are disguising their phone number and using the Monroe County Sheriff's Department phone number, which comes up on the caller ID. This phone number used does go to the Monroe County Sheriff's Department phone tree. These scam calls are being done after business hours, so there isn't a secretary to answer before going to the phone tree.

Law Enforcement agencies do not make these types of calls. If you receive one of these calls, contact your local police department, using the local law enforcement phone number (not the one on the caller ID) to verify the call. After hours, you will receive a phone tree and be given options. One of the options is to report an incident or talk to an officer or dispatcher. The local phone number for the Monroe County Dispatch Center is 608-269-2117. Take the extra time to verify the call before sending any money.

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