Blair sheriff’s office warns about scam
Caller impersonates sergeant to try to gain personal info
HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County sheriff’s office is advising local residents to be aware of a scam call from a man attempting to get personal identification information.
The caller, who has identified himself as Sgt. Lee Benton, according to the sheriff’s office, is telling those who answer the phone that they missed jury duty or a court appearance, so therefore an arrest warrant is being issued.
“Benton” then provides instructions on how to handle the warrant and in some cases, has advised people to travel to the courthouse immediately. Benton also has provided phony case numbers, the sheriff’s office reported, and he has a smartphone app to make it look like he’s calling from the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office will contact local residents about outstanding filings, warrants and related paperwork, but never initiate payment arrangements over the phone, Sheriff James Ott said in a statement about the ongoing scam.
The sheriff’s office also doesn’t ask anyone to stay on the phone and drive to the courthouse in Hollidaysburg, Ott said.
“Never give personal information or account information to anyone over the phone,” the sheriff said.