Northwestern Press

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Phone scammers making calls

Thursday, August 10, 2017 by The Press in Local News

SHERIFF HANNA

Lehigh County Sheriff Joe Hanna is warning that residents have told him they are receiving telephone calls from a male professing to be Sgt. Todd Sullivan of the Lehigh County Sheriff’s office.

The caller admonishes the resident for failure to appear for jury duty or respond to a warrant and then advises them that they are subject to a fine.

Failure to pay the fine will result in their apprehension and incarceration. He then directs them to purchase a disposable debit card and call him with the access and pin number.

“There is no one within the ranks of the Lehigh County Sheriff’s Office by that name,” Hanna said. “Furthermore, deputies do not collect monies during the course of our everyday business.”

The sheriff warned “varied telephone scams of this nature have been around for some time and anyone is subject to being targeted.”

Hanna advises the public anyone receiving a call requesting money on behalf of his office should contact the Lehigh County Sheriff’s office at 610-782-3175.