Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
PINELLAS COUNTY – The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office continues to encourage the public to be on alert to popular phone scams occurring in Pinellas County. The suspects are calling residents in Pinellas County and identifying themselves as a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office employee.
According to deputies, the suspect called a citizen yesterday and identified himself as Sergeant Ryan Armstrong. The suspect told the victim that she was going to be charged with Failure to Appear for a civil violation and a warrant was issued for her arrest. The victim was then transferred to multiple different males, claiming to be Jack Peterson and Lieutenant John Luckett.
Deputies say the victim was convinced the suspects were who they claimed to be, as she researched their names online. The suspects instructed the victim to buy multiple gift cards in various denominations totaling over $12,500.00 to resolve the warrant. The victim purchased all of the gift cards and provided the bar codes to the suspects over the phone.
The suspects called from (727)-582-6242, which is the main line for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Civil Court Services. They also spoof their number to appear as (727)-582-6200, the main phone number for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
PLEASE NOTE: The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will NEVER call citizens requesting money, gift cards or account information over the telephone. We advise citizens NOT to give personal information or account information over the phone to anyone and call law enforcement directly to report suspicious activity.
If anyone has information on this scam or has become a victim, they are asked to call the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office at (727) 582-6200.
The investigation continues.
Non Emergency Line: (727) 582-6200 | In an Emergency call 911ADA info