Scam Alert: Spoofed calls claim to be from Houston County Sheriff’s Office

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HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — The Houston County Sheriff’s Office is alerting the public of an ongoing scam in the Wiregrass area.

According to Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza, over the last two weeks individuals are calling citizens advising they are Major Bill Rafferty or Captain James Ivey of the Houston County Sheriff’s Office and stating they have a warrant for your arrest for missing jury duty.

The scammer informs you the matter can be resolved if you put money on some type of cash card. They will request you give them the numbers on the cash card and they will then have access to the funds on the cash cards and fix the situation.

Houston County Sheriff’s Office said to please remember they are not a collection agency. The sheriff’s office will never ask citizens to provide cash cards, checks, or money orders. If there is a warrant for your arrest, authorities will come to your residence or location and arrest you and will then settle any issues with the court.

The caller is spoofing the Houston County Sheriff’s Office phone number(s) 334-677-4882, (334) 677-4888, or (334) 677-4808. 

Houston County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to please call them at 334-677-4882, if you receive one of the scam phone calls. Ask to speak to Sheriff Donald Valenza, Chief Deputy Jeff Carlisle, Major Bill Rafferty, Captain James Ivey, Captain Donovan Arias, Captain Tony Turner.

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