Several residents reported receiving scam calls from someone pretending to be a sergeant with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and asking for money to settle an arrest warrant.
The scammer has been making calls from a local number — 970-360-2136 — and claims to be Sgt. Jonathan Lovins of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, according to a recent press release.
In one instance, the scammer swore at a victim when they refused to give out personal information and then hung up on them.
This person is not employed by the Sheriff’s Office. Residents who receive a call like this should not give any money, gift cards or personal information to this individual. Instead, hang up and report the call to the Sheriff’s Office.
These kinds of scammers often use confusing stories about how arrest warrants are being completed, “possibly due to COVID,” and ask victims to go to the bank or give up personal information to complete a payment, according to the release.
After receiving several reports like this, deputies with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office called the scammer’s number and were prompted to leave a message for the Sheriff’s Office “warrants and citations division.“
The Sheriff’s Office receives many reports of various scam calls with scammers threatening or promising a variety of things to get personal financial information, according to the release.
“Scammers will continue to give names of senior members of law…