If you get a call from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department -- hang up and call them right back.
The Sheriff's Department has received reports of a telemarketing scam in which the caller claims to be a sheriff's deputy, and then attempts to get the answerer to provide personal information.
Montco detectives are investigating at least one man "with a heavy accent" who has called local residents claiming to be "Deputy Thomas O'Brien," said real-life Sheriff's Lt. Gregory Womelsdorf. The scammer claimed he was following up on false charges against the answerer, and told them to call "Detective Samuel Baxter" at an out-of-state phone number to discuss the case. "O'Brien" would also ask for the answerer's date of birth, Social Security Number and address -- the type of personal information easily used to commit identity theft.
“Impersonating a law enforcement officer is a serious crime and it ruins the trust that people have for official law enforcement officers,” said Sheriff Eileen Whalon Behr.