Darke County Sheriff issues phone scam alert

Staff report

DARKE COUNTY — The Darke County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of a telephone scam in the Darke County area and is warning people to be aware.

This type of scam has been going on all around the country for sometime and seems to be perpetrated in this area periodically, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The telephone scam involves the perpetrator identifying himself as Captain Randy Linkous of the Darke County Sheriff’s Office to obtain money for failing to report for a subpoena has been issued. In cases such as these the suspect will utilize the name of someone from the local community they are calling.

This is an attempt to legitimize the scam. The fictitious telephone number on the caller ID often shows up as a local number in an effort to lure unsuspecting victims.

In today’s incidents, the caller has spoofed the Darke County Sheriff’s Office phone number of 937-548-2020. The caller will try to intimidate the victim into complying with the demands. They may try to solicit information to your account numbers or ask you to wire money.

In the situations we have dealt with today the caller attempted to have potential victims purchase gift cards. When the victim refuses to comply or questions the legitimacy of the call it is followed by threats of arrest.

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office does not operate this way. We do not call and attempt to obtain money for failure to show for jury duty or any other court processes such as outstanding citations or warrants.

Deputies do commonly make phone calls to follow up on investigations and reports. A deputy will never ask you for money. If a person questions the validity of a deputy’s call, the caller will be asked to call back on our publicly known telephone number 937-548-2020 and ask for the deputy who will then take the call.

Darke County Sheriff Mark Whittaker is warning citizens not to fall for this scam. In all situations, it is important that citizens do not verify or provide any personal information over the phone unless they positively know or trust the caller. Best course of action if you suspect you are receiving a scam call is to hang up immediately.

Any citizens who have suffered a monetary loss or feel they have compromised their personal identifying information can contact the Darke County Sheriff’s Office at 937-548-2020 or their local law enforcement agency.