Summit County phone scam |

Summit County phone scam

The Summit County Sheriff’s Department received multiple reports on Wednesday of a telephone scam involving perpetrators claiming to be from the Sheriff’s Department.

Five Park City residents reported receiving telephone calls from people identifying themselves as either a lieutenant or captain with the Sheriff’s Department, Sergeant Ron Bridge said. The residents who were called were ordinary citizens that do not have any outstanding cases with Sheriff’s Department, he added.

The scammers told the victims they had an outstanding warrant for missing jury duty and demanded money via a pre-paid money card. The victims were told to meet with fictitious deputies, Bridge said, to turn over the money cards.

One individual was asked to give the numbers from the back of the pre-paid card, which was sufficient information for a money wire.

Law enforcement does not serve any warrants by making a phone call and demanding money, Bridge said.

"If you do have a warrant, personal physical contact is necessary for an arrest," he said.

If anyone receives a suspicious call from someone claiming to be from the Sheriff’s Department, they are advised to contact law enforcement at (435) 615-3600.

"Other than that, just be cautious and use common sense," Bridge said.

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