Brevard County Citizen Reports Telephone Scam
By Brevard County Sheriff // October 3, 2013
Caller Id's himself as Sheriff's official
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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — A Melbourne resident was contacted by telephone where a male caller purported to be a Lieutenant with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
The caller advised the victim that they had failed to appear for a mandatory court date regarding an alleged traffic violation.
The caller also stated that a future court date had been scheduled, but the judge had issued a bench warrant for the alleged “Failure to Appear.”
Furthermore, the caller stated that the victim could avoid arrest by simply paying a traffic fine along with associated court costs totaling $496.34.
The man insisted the victim remain on the telephone with him while he directed the victim to a local business in order to purchase a “Green Dot Moneypak.”
The victim was instructed to remain on the telephone in the event they were stopped as this would avoid an arrest.
THE CALLER IS NOT AN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL
After the ‘Moneypak’ was purchased, the victim was directed to provide the card number and the scratch off security number on the reverse side, allowing the money to be transferred to an unknown account.
Citizens should be advised that this is not a law enforcement or Clerk of Court practice. Citizens receiving any similar request should immediately contact their local law enforcement agency.
All Calls to CRIMELINE are confidential, and callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for reward for information leading to an arrest.
If you would like more information please call the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit at 321-264-7755.