Broward Sheriff’s Detectives Identify Phone Scammers

Broward Sheriff’s Office Detectives have identified phone scammers who have been ripping people off.

There is another scam out there used to separate people from their hard earned money. This one is actually one that was used previously in early September in Broward County, and it goes something like this.

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The scammers call you up and claim you have an active arrest warrant. They demand you send them money or deputies will come and arrest you! The scam has become even more realistic now as the scammers are spoofing the Broward County Courthouse Control room phone number.

Spoofing is a technique where scammers disguise a phone number to assume the identity of a trusted credible source. When victims are called, their caller I.D. shows the number coming from the courthouse and they assume the call is genuine.

The scammer calls and tells the victim they must go to one of two bail bonds companies and pay a surety bond or go to jail. As all this is done remotely, the bondsmen were unaware and not involved in the scam.

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In the month of September alone, BSO received over 20 cases of victims receiving calls from the Broward Sheriff’s Office demanding bond money from the victim. Total losses amounted in the tens of thousands of dollars.

The investigation led BSO detectives to learn that the suspects operating in Broward, were in Pennsylvania a short time ago, and they’re currently operating the same scam in Texas.

If you fell victim to this scam, please report the incident to the Broward Sheriff’s Office Dania Beach Criminal Investigation Detective Mike Marotta at 954-518-0158. BSO’s Dania Beach Criminal Investigations Unit and the Public Corruption Unit are leading the investigation and working with the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office and authorities in the state of Texas. 

Please be aware that BSO will never call you to ask for money or personal information, demand bond money or any form of payment. If you receive this type of call, do not provide any personal information or money. Instead, immediately hang up and contact law enforcement.


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