Harrison County Sheriff's Office warns of police K-9 scam
April 21, 2017 at 10:17 a.m.
Updated April 21, 2017 at 10:17 a.m.
The Harrison County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of a new scam, involving donations for K-9 officers.
"Harrison County Sheriff’s Office has received information regarding a new scam that is targeting local residents," a press release from the sheriff's office indicated. "The caller sounds very authoritative and ask for donations for the purchase of drug trained dogs since the local sheriff’s office and police department budgets are depleted and the purchase of the K-9s from the public will help in the fight against drug trafficking."
Sheriff's officials advises residents to ignore the calls.
"Law enforcement will not call you and ask the public for any donations," officials said.
Officials said in one case, the caller asked one “target” to replace an entire department’s K-9 unit since the dogs were all being retired due to their age.
"The irony is the caller had phoned an active officer’s wife and when she pressed the caller for more information, and asked specific questions about which department would be aided, the caller hung-up," officials said.
The sheriff's office urges residents to not be fooled.
"Harrison County Sheriff’s Office reminds the community that telephone solicitors are very persuasive and will continue to engage you in conversation, if you allow them," officials said. "Do not fall into the trap of talking with them. Simply hang up on them."
And while the caller ID will indicate a telephone number is from the United States, these types of callers are typically in the Caribbean and outside of the jurisdiction of the United States.
"If you voluntarily give them any money, you will most likely be unable to recover it," HCSO officials advised.