Sheriff's office warns of caller impersonating a lieutenant

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Someone impersonating a lieutenant has been making calls to local residents, in some cases talking about warrants and asking for money, the Allegheny County sheriff's office said today.

At least twice this weekend someone using the number 412-208-5600 called elderly residents and impersonated Lt. Jerry Gamble, the sheriff's office said in a news release. That number was disconnected when a reporter tried to call it this afternoon.

In one case, the caller said there were arrest warrants out for someone for failing to come to jury duty and that if that person paid the caller money, an arrest would not be necessary, according to the release.

In another, the caller left a message for someone who died four years ago.

"The Sheriff's Office wants the public to be aware these telephone calls are a scam," the news release said. "If a citizen does have a warrant for their arrest, notification will not be made over the telephone. Deputy Sheriffs will report to that person’s residence, with proper law enforcement credentials, to execute the warrant. "

Anyone contacted by the caller is asked to call the sheriff's office at 412-350-4714.

First Published June 30, 2014 12:00 AM

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