Deputies say that have eight recorded incidents in which residents of Pinellas County have been targeted in the scam within the last two days. The suspect calls residents and tells them they failed to appear in court.
He then claims that if the victim does not pay a $5,500 fine, deputies will show up to their house and arrest them. The suspect is male and has a 727 area code.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will never call citizens requesting money over the telephone. Deputies advise citizens should not give personal information or account information over the phone unless you are initiating the phone call.
If anyone has information on this scam or has become a victim they are asked to call the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office at (727) 582-6200.
The investigation continues.