Scammers in Utah impersonate sheriff's deputies

Published on November 13, 2017 at 09:07AM

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A telephone fraud where scammers act as law enforcement agents has cost some Utah residents thousands of dollars in recent months.

The Spectrum reports a release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office says the suspects typically identify themselves as law enforcement and call armed with detailed information on the victims’ tax situation or outstanding warrants.

The sheriff’s office says In some cases they have used the names of actual officers and been able to clone the officer’s phone number so it shows up on the victim’s phones as coming from the sheriff’s office.

Officers are investigating the reported crimes and advise residents to be aware that it is not normal for a law enforcement officer to contact a person by phone regarding outstanding warrants.