Stafford Sheriff’s Office issues scam alert
Stafford authorities are warning citizens to beware of a “Lt. Paul Stevens” or anyone else claiming to be from the Sheriff’s Office asking residents to send money directly to a sheriff’s employee.
Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said five citizens reported that over the weekend they were contacted by a man claiming to be Lt. Paul Stevens of the Sheriff’s Office’s warrants division. The caller informed the residents that they had warrants out for their arrests for failing to report for jury duty.
The residents said they had not received any notices about having jury duty, but “Stevens” insisted that the notices had been sent.
The phony lieutenant told the residents that they owed about $230 each on the failure to appear charge and about another $200 each in court costs. He said they could avoid coming to court if they got a money order from CVS Pharmacy and sent the funds to an account he would provide.
When the would-be victims offered instead to come to the Sheriff’s Office to discuss the matter, the caller declined and urged them to take the money order suggestion instead. Kennedy said it was not clear if any residents actually fell for the scam.
Kennedy said there is no Paul Stevens in the Stafford department and said the office never requests funds be sent to the Sheriff’s Office or any employee.
Anyone who may have gotten a similar call is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 540/658-4400.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404