Scam Impersonating Olmsted County Captain Reported in Rochester
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a scam involving someone impersonating a captain in their office.
Olmsted County Sheriff’s Captain James Schueller said Thursday morning that no one has reported falling for it so far, but cautions victims of scams often don’t report them out of embarrassment. The sheriff’s office also issued a warning about the scam on its Facebook page.
Schueller said the latest scammer is calling residents in Rochester and surrounding area claiming to be Captain Wallace from the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office. The scammer will tell their target there is a warrant out for their arrest that can be cleared if they make a payment during the phone call.
Schueller says this type of scam is reported every couple of months and says in this case and in others, the scammer will use the real name of personnel from the sheriff’s office and spoof the phone number to make the call appear to be coming from the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office.
Schueller said the sheriff's office will never ask residents for payment related to an arrest warrant over the phone. Captain Tim Parkin says scammers will route the fraud calls through multiple IP addresses and use apps that make it difficult for law enforcement to identify the scammer.