From staff reports
LEWISTOWN - Mifflin County Sheriff Christopher Shade is advising the citizens of Mifflin County of a phone scam called "spoofing" which is currently being used in the area.
The caller can deliberately falsify the telephone number or name relayed as the caller identification information to disguise the identity of the calling party. For example, identity thieves who want to collect sensitive information such as bank account or other financial account numbers, Social Security numbers, your birth date, etc., can make their numbers look as if they are call from the bank, credit card company or even a government agency.
The "spoofing" scam that is currently in the area involved the caller falsifying the caller ID to portray themselves as the Mifflin County Sheriff's Office. The caller identifies themselves as a deputy sheriff and advises the person being called that they have a warrant for their arrest. They state that unless the costs are paid immediately, they will come and arrest the person for the warrant. At this point the caller attempts to have the person pay the fine via PayPal or some similar type of service. Once the person transfers the money there are few sources available to retrieve the money, the sheriff said.
The Mifflin County Sheriff's Office does not attempt to collect fines or costs over the phone. The sheriff advises anyone who receives one of these calls to hang up and not follow the caller's instructions.