MANSFIELD - Residents of Richland County have made police reports that they have been victims of a telephone scam whereby the caller falsely claims to be from the Sheriff’s Office. Victims explain that they receive a call from someone claiming to be with the Richland Co. Sherriff’s Civil Division (419)742-1637 and the deputy who claimed to have the last name of Nicholson or Masi advise victims that they missed jury duty and they needed to purchase prepaid phone cards in the amount of $765 and send the cards to them.
Victims have been known to purchase the cards and called the male back and gave him the verification codes so he could access the funds. When the victims call the number it goes to fictitious answering machine for the Richland Co. Sherriff’s Dept. Civil Division with prompts.
Richalnd County Sheriff J. Steve Sheldon warns residents that they do not contact jurors who do not show for jury duty nor do they collect monies over the telephone. All fines are paid directly to the Clerk of Courts. Any money transactions involving the Sheriff’s Office are handled at the office in the Records Division.
Richland County residents can always call the Sheriff’s Office to verify or report a suspicious call at 419-524-2412.