Senior citizens: Beware. There is another phone scam lurking about Central Arkansas to steal your money.
Lt. Carl Minden, public information officer for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, said he has been alerted by the Warrants/Records Division of five to six calls recently from senior citizens inquiring about a Lt. Brown from PCSO calling them and telling them they have a warrant.
"We do not currently have a Lt. Brown," Minden said. "Other callers stated the person simply stated they were with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division."
One caller gave the following number 209-2283 off their Caller ID., Minden said.
"One gentleman actually purchased a $500 green dot card and sent it to California after receiving the scam phone call," Minden said.
Minden said the man was instructed to file a report with the Little Rock Police Department.
"We do not operate in this manner," Minden said.
The number for the PCSO Warrants Division is 340-8450 and the main PCSO number is 340-6600, he said.
"Once again, we would not make a call of this nature and we do not accept credit/debit cards of any kind," Minden said. "Fines are paid to the court and bonds are paid to bail bondsmen."
If anyone receives any suspicious calls of this nature to not respond financially to them.
"The Sheriff’s Office can be contacted at the aforementioned numbers if someone has a question about a warrant," Minden said.
According to the Office of Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, there are practical ways for senior citizens to protect themselves from scam artists.
How To Aviod Scams
Wiring money is like giving cash away. If you wire money, there is no protection for you if you later learn that the recipient is not who they claimed to be.
Never give out personal or banking information in response to a phone, email or mail inquiry. Contact the entity requesting the information directly through a different method to verify that it is a reputable company with which you have an existing relationship.
Never send money to someone who you don’t know and haven’t met in person.
When purchasing items or services online, make sure you research the seller and know their physical location.
If you are giving to charity, especially in the wake of a natural disaster, give to an organization that has a strong history in providing relief. Instead of paying in cash, make a check or money order payable to the charitable organization, not an individual.
Most importantly, if the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Investigate the offer before accepting or paying any money.