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Posted on: January 29, 2020

Scam Alert: Caller Claiming to be a Deputy Sheriff, Demanding Payment of Fines

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Residents are warned to beware of an active scam involving a caller identifying himself as a member of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office while demanding payment for fines.

Multiple incidents were reported to the Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday. At least two similar incidents were reported earlier this month.

In one recent report, a female received a call Tuesday from a person who claimed to be “Deputy Simmons” with the Sheriff’s Office.

There is no Deputy Simmons with the Sheriff’s Office; however, the name of an actual deputy was used in the previous attempts.

The caller told the female target that she missed a court date and there would be a warrant issued for her arrest if a “fine” was not paid.

Beware of this scam. Anyone with information (or who has received a call like this) is asked to contact the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 717-299-8200 or the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office, Detective Division, at 717-390-7771.

Anyone with an existing fine would not be directed to make payment in such a manner.

The calls are being placed from 717-883-0945.

The incidents are under investigation.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett A. Hambright, 717-295-2041; bhambright@co.lancaster.pa.us; Twitter: @BrettHambright

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