Posted: Friday, September 14th 2012 at 12:47pm
Elbert sheriff seeks information on person impersonating a deputy
By Rob Moore Editor
ELBERTON – Elbert County Sheriff Barry Haston wants to hear from anyone who has been contacted by someone impersonating an Elbert County deputy sheriff.
That’s because an individual in Bowman was contacted as part of a scam by someone claiming to be one of his officers.
A female was contacted while at work in Bowman by an unknown male who identified himself as an Elbert County deputy and asked her to get money to bond out an individual who was in jail. The caller provided the woman with information about the individual in jail, about the female victim’s family and about her daily activity.
The caller asked her to go to Walmart and obtain a MoneyGram for $2,600, to be sent to Colorado, Haston said. The caller said someone there would contact the Elbert County Detention Center to release the individual on bond.
The caller knew when the woman arrived at Walmart and when the transaction was completed, Haston said.
MoneyGram officials recognized the transaction as a scam and contacted the victim, who will get a refund.
Haston said this scam has occurred previously, but this is the first time it has involved an individual impersonating an Elbert County deputy sheriff.
He said out-of-state bonding companies cannot sign a bond in Georgia.
Concerning Elbert County Detention Center policy, Haston said individuals who are arrested are allowed to make a phone call to seek assistance with bond, but noted no Elbert County deputy will call to make arrangements for bond.
Anyone who has been contacted by someone impersonating an Elbert County deputy is asked to contact Elbert County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 283-2421.
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