Sheriff Warns Brevard County on Telephone Scam

By  //  January 13, 2015

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Residents of Brevard County are being targeted with a Telephone Scam where the caller alleges to be a member of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Warrant’s Unit. As part of the scam the caller tells the citizen that they are a Lieutenant with the Sheriff’s Office and then discusses that the person or a family member has an active warrant for their arrest that can be resolved by paying the required bond amount on a Pre-Paid Credit Card.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Residents of Brevard County are being targeted with a Telephone Scam where the caller alleges to be a member of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Warrant’s Unit.

As part of the scam the caller tells the citizen that they are a Lieutenant with the Sheriff’s Office and then discusses that the person or a family member has an active warrant for their arrest that can be resolved by paying the required bond amount on a Pre-Paid Credit Card.

The caller will also leave a voice mail that tells the citizen to contact them at a number (321) area code concerning a warrant for their arrest.

The caller is utilizing a “drop” style cellular telephone with a (321) area code but could be making the call from anywhere in the world.

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Please be advised that this is a Major Scam Technique that takes place across the country and comes in various forms to include being called about service for Jury Duty.

Law Enforcement Agencies do not contact citizens in this capacity and ask for money or to resolve a warrant issue. If you receive a call of this nature please hang up the call immediately and not engage in conversation with the caller in any capacity.

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Do not under any circumstances try to call the number back that is provided by the caller or discuss with them the merits of the call.

If you have been a victim of this type of scam please contact the nearest Sheriff’s Office Precinct in the unincorporated area where you live or your local Police Department.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey

Prior to being elected in 2012, Sheriff Ivey served the citizens of the State of Florida as a Resident Agent in Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sheriff Ivey developed and created the country’s first ever statewide Task Force on Identity Theft.

That same year the Task Force was named one of the top five most innovative programs in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and investigated approximately 44 million dollars in fraud cases. Additionally, as a member of FDLE, Sheriff Ivey created the Child Abduction Response Team (C.A.R.T) that re-defined the way Child Abduction cases are conducted throughout the country today.

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.

The program was later selected as the most innovative program in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is now used as a nationwide model in the response and investigation of child abductions.

Sheriff Ivey has testified before the United States Congress on law enforcement related matters and has extensive experience in the area of Public Integrity Investigations. Sheriff Ivey was honored as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Special Agent of the Year (1996) and was also recognized by the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for his Outstanding Contributions to Criminal Justice. In August of 2011 Sheriff Ivey was honored by the National Organization of Victims Advocacy for his work at the national level as an advocate of victim’s rights and protection.

Sheriff Ivey speaks regularly on topics such as Identity Theft, Crime in America, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Self Defense through Mental Preparedness. Sheriff Ivey firmly believes that Crime Prevention and Education are vital to reduce our crime rate and protect our community.


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