Elbert County Sheriff’s Office Releases Information on an Officer Impersonation Scam

September 17, 2012

The Elbert County’s Sheriff’s Office has released details concerning a scam with an individual impersonating an Elbert County Sheriff’s Deputy.

“Wednesday afternoon we received a complaint from an individual employed at a business in Bowman”, said Elbert County Sheriff Barry Haston. “She had been contacted by an unknown male requesting her to get money to bond out an individual out of jail.”

In a phone call from the impersonator, the victim was requested to go to Wal-Mart and obtain a money gram in the amount of $2,600; and have it forwarded to Colorado, who in turn would contact the Elbert County Detention Center to release the individual on bond.

Sheriff Haston said that when someone is arrested they are the ones who will negotiate assistance to pay their bond.

“This has been a scam in the past, but this time the individual took to the level of impersonating an Elbert County deputy to try to give validity to his cause”, said Sheriff Haston. “Out of state bonding companies cannot sign a bond in the state of Georgia. When an individual has been arrested they are allowed to make a phone call to negotiate assistance for a bond.”

No Elbert County deputy will call nor will any Sheriff’s Office make arrangement for bond, or assist in bonding someone out of jail. If anyone has been contacted by anyone impersonating a Sheriff’s Office Deputy, please contact the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 283-2421.