Citizen Alert - Phone Scam Returns: Individual Impersonating Sheriff's Deputy
The Sheriff's Office received numerous reports on Thursday, June 19, 2014 of an individual attempting to impersonate a Ramsey County deputy sheriff. This scam is similar to one that was occurring in April, 2014, and in other counties previously.
The contacts have typically involved a phone call from an individual who claims to be a Ramsey County deputy sheriff. The caller, claiming to be Officer Patrick Miller, Badge #2---, informs the citizen that he/she has outstanding tax issues and to avoid arrest needs to report to Washington DC tomorrow or pay the fee today. The caller will then say that if the citizen would pay “the fee”, usually several hundred dollars in the form of a pre-paid card, the matter would be resolved.
The April incidents involved the caller telling the citizen they failed to serve on jury duty, and that a warrant would be issued for their arrest if they didn't pay a fee. The April caller commonly used the name Lieutenant John Roberts, though other names were also used.
Sheriff's Offices in Minnesota do not conduct business in the manner that these phone scams suggest. Please do not become a victim.
Anyone who has contact with this individual is asked to collect as much information as possible, including any telephone numbers or addresses the individual provides, and to call the Special Investigations Unit of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office at 651-266-9383.
Sheriff’s 2013 Year At a Glance Report Published
The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office has published its 2013 Year At a Glance (pdf) report. This report briefly explains the major accomplishments the Sheriff’s Office has achieved with the leadership of Sheriff Matt Bostrom during the last year. This report evaluates each accomplishment based upon statutory responsibilities and the department’s values.
View: 2013 Year At a Glance (pdf) | First Two Years (2011-2012) at a Glance (pdf)
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014
5 pm to 9 pm
The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, in collaboration with the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association and AAA of Minnesota / Iowa, is once again sponsoring Night to Unite.