There is an ongoing telephone scam involving people pretending to be members of the Bucks County Sheriff’s Office who are telling people they must pay fines or face jail time. The calls have reportedly appeared on Caller IDs as 215-348-6236 – the actual Bucks County Sheriff’s Office telephone number. This is “caller ID spoofing.” Don’t rely on a Caller ID to verify who’s calling. It can be nearly impossible to tell whether the Caller ID information is authentic.
In a recent case, an individual was told he failed to respond for jury duty and a bench warrant had been issued for his arrest if he did not pay a fine of $2,500.00 immediately. The scammer also identified themselves using the name of a real deputy to make the potential victim believe the call was legitimate.
If you receive a call from someone saying they are with the BCSO and they request personal financial information or demand payment, THIS IS A SCAM! Please be careful not to fall for this or any other potential phone scam. These thieves often prey on the elderly using fake Caller ID information to trick their victims into thinking they are actual members of law enforcement or a government agency.
If you receive calls such as this one asking for money or gift cards, treat the call as a scam and notify law enforcement. DO NOT PAY THEM!
SCAM/Fraudulent phone calls can be reported to FTC.gov and FCC.gov.