Telephone scammer portrays Douglas County deputy

On Monday, June 3, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a report from a citizen of a possible scam, according to a press release from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

The citizen reported she was contacted via telephone by a male who stated he was Deputy Toby Marshall. The citizen reported she was contacted via telephone by a male who stated he was Deputy Toby Marshall with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and he had a warrant for her arrest. She was told to call another number and pay her bond with a direct money transfer of $6,000 or she would be arrested. The caller ID showed the call was from Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 217-253-2913. No money was transferred. The scammer called her back while on the phone with DCSO. The citizen advised the scammer she was speaking with her local Sheriff’s Office, thus ending the potential scam. 

“The Sheriff’s Office wants to make sure the public is aware of this scam, and ensure them that we do not have a deputy named Toby Marshall, nor would we call you to inform you that you have a warrant or request any sort of payment over the phone for any circumstance,” the release said.

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