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Scammer claims to be Martin County Sheriff's Office Captain, asking for payment to avoid arrest

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Posted at 11:53 PM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 23:53:50-04

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — Scammers are at it again. This time in Martin County.

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder says someone has called some residents claiming to be with the sheriff’s office, specifically saying he is Captain John Cummings.

The scammer says the person is facing arrest and demands payment.

Snyder says at least one person almost fell for it.

“We actually had a victim that was that close to sending money to this offender,” Snyder said. "We do have a Captain Cummings."

The scammer, in a voicemail, even left a local call-back number.

We called the number with Snyder, which went to a voicemail that claimed to be the Martin County Sheriff’s Office Civil Processing Unit.

"That’s not Captain Cummings. That’s not the way we leave recorded messages. So, clearly a fraud,” Snyder said.

He wants to remind residents that law enforcement will never call you to ask for money.

“If you have a warrant for your arrest, the first time you’ll know it is when my warrants detectives are knocking on your door,” Snyder said.

If you get a call this call, contact the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.