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HCSO warns against scam involving callers posing as deputies

For Immediate Release : Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Release Number: 20-088



HCSO warns against scam involving callers posing as deputies

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating reports of scammers posing as deputies.

In this scam, the caller claims victims have missed a recent court appearance and attempts to extort money out of them.
The scammer's phone number may even appear as the HCSO non-emergency line, 813-247-8200, or appear to have the name of an HCSO employee on the caller ID.
"We want to be clear, this is a scam," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office will not call you to inform you of a missed court hearing."
If you receive a call like this, please hang up and call 813-247-8200 directly.

Sheriff Chad Chronister released this Public Service Announcement about the scam: