Scammer poses as St. Louis County Sheriff's Office employee

The caller claims to be an employee at the Sheriff's Office and that the victim has missed jury duty or a court appearance, then asks for money to avoid a warrant for arrest.

St. Louis County Sheriff's vehicle
A St. Louis County Sheriff's Office vehicle.
Tyler Schank / 2019 file / Duluth News Tribune
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DULUTH — A telephone scam involving someone claiming to work for the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office is targeting local victims, the Sheriff's Office announced in a news release Monday afternoon.

The unknown caller has identified themselves as an employee of the Sheriff's Office, including Nate Skelton, the supervising deputy in Hibbing; Jon Skelton, the supervising deputy in Virginia; and Undersheriff Jason Lukovsky. The scammer tells victims they have missed jury duty or a court date and claims a warrant for their arrest will be issued. The caller then tries to convince or scare victims into sending money to avoid the warrant, according to the release.

The suspect has left messages for victims and has a voicemail set up for return calls. In a recent event reported to authorities, a potential victim was told to drive to CVS Pharmacy to send funds.

The Sheriff's Office does not know whether the scammer is working alone or if multiple people are involved.

In the release, the Sheriff's Office noted that it does not reconcile warrants this way, and reminded the public to protect their personal information. Scammers will pose as professionals or authority figures to "verify" personal data to try to steal identities or make financial gain through gift cards or online.

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