Beware: Scammers Calling Basin Residents, Claim to be KCSO Employees

 Photo by  Liam Seskis

Photo by Liam Seskis

The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office has become aware of a new version of an old scam we wish to share with the public.

We have recently getting calls from citizens who have been contacted by phone. The caller, claiming to be a deputy, will tell the citizen they have missed “jury duty.” The callers are using the name(s) of both current and past Klamath County Sheriff’s Office employees.

Callers in these types of scams are often sophisticated enough to sound convincing and even provide personal information in an attempt to prove their legitimacy. These scammers are the lowest of the low and do not care about taking advantage of vulnerable citizens; in fact this is who they seek out. Most often the calls are not traceable back to an actual person. When investigators call the numbers being used someone will usually answer. They know however they are generally beyond the grasp of law enforcement and will often taunt the investigator.

The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office and all other law enforcement agencies will strongly suggest that nobody ever provide personal information to someone who is not known without absolute verification. And we would also suggest that no one ever provide bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, dates of birth, or respond by sending money or checks to anyone based only upon a phone call.

Chris Kaber, Klamath County Sheriff

Press release from Klamath County Sheriff, Chris Kaber.