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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A phone scam where a caller is posing as a sheriff’s lieutenant and demanding money from residents has led deputies to issue a warning to the public.
Deputies have received at least two complaints from residents regarding the phone scam, Indian River County Sheriff’s spokesman Maj. Eric Flowers said.
Deputies said the caller identifies themselves as Lt. Dane Morris, an actual employee of the agency. Deputies said the caller tells residents they have a warrant out for their arrest because they did not show up for jury duty.
The caller then demands a credit card payment from the resident. Law enforcement will never call citizens and ask for money, sheriff’s officials said.
Deputies urge residents to share this information with others so that they do not fall for this scam. Those who think they might have been victims of the phone scam should call the sheriff’s non-emergency number at 772-569-6700.