WARREN COUNTY, Ohio — People across the country are receiving threatening calls from scammers claiming to be from their local police or sheriff’s department.

Some of these calls claim to be from the Warren County Sheriff’s Department in Lebanon, Ohio.

Sarah Cadwallader said a man called her, identifying himself as the local sheriff’s deputy. A few hours earlier, he had left a chilling voicemail.

“Mrs Cadwallader, you have urgent matters which need to be dealt with as soon as possible,” the man said on voicemail. “You have no immediate problems. Could you please contact me as soon as possible?”

When Cadwallader finally spoke with the man, he claimed she was late for court.

“He told me that I had missed a hearing appointment on October 24 and that it was a minor,” she said.

Worse still, he told her, “If I don’t show up, there’s a warrant for my arrest.

The call seems legitimate

As a social worker who cared for families and children, Cadwallader thought the call was legitimate.

“It was very scary because I was like, ‘What did I miss? Maybe there was a trial or something,'” she said.

Luckily, Cadwallader was spared becoming a scam victim after she put the man on hold and texted a friend who works in law enforcement.

“My friend told me to hang up because the next thing he wants is money, and he wants to sort it out,” Cadwallader said.

What to do if you receive the call

Cadwallader wanted to warn others about the scam.

“If you get a call like that, ask questions, find out what county they’re in. There’s nothing wrong with saying, ‘I’d like to check your badge number,'” he said. she stated.

People can then call their local law enforcement department to verify the information.

No police or sheriff’s department will call a person demanding payment on the spot to avoid arrest. Hang them up so you don’t waste your money.


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