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​“Spoofing” Scam


Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Monday the 15th day of December 2014 the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division received a phone call from a Madison County Citizen who was the intended victim of a scam that utilized the phone number of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

The intended victim reported that she received a phone call and the caller id listed the number as 850-973-4001 and showed the caller as the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. A voice message was left by a person with an Indian accent stating they were calling from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office on behalf of the Department of Justice. The message instructed the intended victim to call 717-889-1003 in regards to a crime.

The intended victim called 717-889-1003 and a person with an Indian accent answered the phone. The scammer was able to verify the intended victims correct name and social security number without any information being given to them. The scammer told the intended victim that she was a suspect in an Internet Fraud and Bank Fraud being handled by the Department of Justice. The scammer attempted to provide another number for the intended victim to call and told her to ask for someone named “Herring”. The intended victim terminated the call.

Sheriff Stewart reminds all citizens of Madison County that the Sheriff’s Office investigates Forgery and Fraud cases independently and even on occasions when an outside agency is involved the Sheriff’s Office will always be personally represented by Sheriff’s Office personnel. Sheriff Stewart concludes that if any Citizen suspects they have been targeted by a scam to please contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately.

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