For the second time in less than a week, Walton County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of an ongoing phone scam involving suspects claiming to be affiliated with WCSO.
Some residents in Walton County are coming home to a voicemail for failure to appear at a jury summons — this call is a scam.
WCSO has received numerous calls from citizens who are reporting a recording on their phones claiming they have failed to appear for jury duty and have a warrant for their arrest. The scammer then goes on to say the warrant can be taken care of by paying a fine; they leave a phone number and ask you to call 850-859-4086 with any questions.
This number leads to a recording claiming to be the Walton County Sheriff’s Office — it is not the Sheriff's Office. WCSO's official non-emergency line is 850-892-8111.
Walton County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to remember:
• A law enforcement officer will never ask for cash in the event a family member has a warrant.
• Do not wire transfer or purchase gift cards for anyone claiming to be a law enforcement officer or any other government representative.
• Never give out or confirm personal financial or other sensitive information over the phone.
• Verify, verify, verify.
If you have become a victim of this scam, call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850-892-8111.