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Scammers are pretending to be sheriff's deputies again

No, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office didn’t call you demanding you fork over your credit card information to pay an old traffic ticket.

If they call back, just hang up the phone.

In the past few days, the agency’s civil division has received numerous calls from residents who have received such a call, sheriff’s spokesman Mike Moran said. The callers identify themselves as a deputy looking to collect $931 on an outstanding ticket.

“And they had to take care of it right then and give a credit card to do so,” Moran said, adding there have been no reports from anyone who has actually paid thus far. “Hopefully no one has done that.”

The $931 is an oddly specific amount, Moran said, but it may suggest it’s the real deal.

“I don’t know why they picked that. Sometimes they’ll pick an oddball figure that makes you think, ‘Oh, that sounds legit.’”

Whether the scammers use a spoofed telephone number to make it look like the call actually comes from the sheriff’s office was not known.

Such scams occur often, Moran said, the methodology changing only slightly every time it reappears on the scene. Medford police reported a similar scam several years ago, the parties in that case identifying themselves as a specific officer when they made their demands.

“The key piece to scams is just knowing that government agencies don’t call you up and ask for your credit card number over the phone for any reason,” Moran said. “You can count on it being a scam.”

On the first call, sheriff’s deputies recommend just hanging up and moving on with your day. If the calls persist, give them a call at 541-774-6800.

Reach web editor Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanPfeil.