According to Sheriff Mike Simpson, the scam works this way:
- A caller will identify himself or herself as a deputy sheriff from a particular county, and tell the resident there is an arrest warrant on the resident for failing to appear in court.
- The caller tells the resident the issue can be taken care of only by posting bond by telephone and cannot be satisfied in person at court.
- The caller convinces the resident to provide credit card information and funds are immediately deducted.
Simpson said that under no circumstances would a sheriff's office or law enforcement agency contact anyone by phone and demand payment using a credit card.