An emerging phone scam trend is on the rise according to a social media release from the Neptune Beach Police Department.
"A scammer posing as a Law Enforcement Officer will call and inform the victim that they have an arrest warrant for some type of various violation, like failing to appear for jury duty." the announcement made to the Neptune Beach Police Department's Facebook page on September 27 reads, in part.
"They then convince the victim to transfer a large sum of money, by means of untraceable Cryptocurrency, gift card numbers, or other means to resolve the legal problem."
The post goes on to note that suspects making the scammy phone calls may have specific, detailed information about the victim that may make them appear legitimate, some even calling from telephone numbers that appear to be associated with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
The police department states that there are several important things to keep in mind if you receive a phone call as described above, including the following:
So how can you protect yourself in the event of being on the receiving line of this phone scam? The Neptune Beach Police Department recommends the following: