By Tammy Moore Teague
The sheriff’s office has issued a fraud alert to the citizens of Sebastian County. The caller poses as a deputy calling to collect payments for fines. The fraudulent caller goes on to threaten citizens with a warrant for their arrest if they do not agree to pay.
In the most recent case, someone has posed as a Deputy Davis calling from the number 479-689-7664. This number, however is not in any way associated with the Sebastian County Sheriff’s office. in a released statement the sheriff’s office said multiple names, ranks and numbers may be used to trick citizens into sending money. Additionally stating that office investigators have called this number and have received a voicemail mimicking the same message at the department. The scammers have gone to great lengths to make the call sound legitimate, even instructing the caller to dial 9-1-1 if it is an emergency.
They are advising anyone who receives a call from this number to report it by calling 479-783-1051. The sheriff’s office also advises the public that their office will never call and ask for money over the phone. So if you are on the receiving end of one of these calls, please report it.