MCSO Sheriff Arpaio warns of phone scam

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is warning residents of a telephone scam where the callers are using real Sheriff employee names to demand money for failure to show up for jury duty, according to a press release.

Sheriff Arpaio said his office became aware of a victim today who was scammed out of $3544.50. Other calls are coming into the Sheriff’s office today reciting the same kind of scam.

Sheriff Arpaio says today’s victim tells of a caller posing as “Officer Chris Hegstrom,” an actual Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer whose name frequently appears on TV or in newspapers.

The so-called “Officer Hegstrom” told the woman she owed $3544.50 for failure to appear for jury duty. When the victim got verification after calling the Sheriff’s Office that a Chris Hegstrom actually works for the Office, she sent the $3544.50.

Sheriff Arpaio is warning residents: his Office NEVER calls anyone asking them to pay for fines stemming from a failure to appear or any other kind of court imposed fine.

If residents receive such calls, hang up and NEVER send anyone money.

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