“ANYTIME ELECTRONIC MONEY TRANSFERS OR GIFT CARDS ARE REQUESTED IN LIEU OF APPREHENSION IT IS SURELY A SCAM!!!”
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on May 31, 2023, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office received a report from two residents that a new scam was being conducted. The report was that persons received a phone call from a person identifying themselves as SERGEANT MATT SORGE of the Sheriff’s Office, and that they had missed a court appearance and in order to avoid apprehension, they needed to send gift cards to a specific address. It is also reported that the caller ID on the person calling displayed Steuben Sheriff.
AT NO TIME will any member of the Sheriff’s Office request a wire transfer, gift cards or any other direct payment from a person in lieu of apprehension. ANYTIME ELECTRONIC MONEY TRANSFERS OR GIFT CARDS ARE REQUESTED IN LIEU OF APPREHENSION IT IS SURELY A SCAM!!!!
Please do not fall prey to these unscrupulous and predatory activities. Please report any attempt to scam you to your local law enforcement, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, or to the FBI via Ic3.gov
This isn’t the first time the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department has been the used in a scam, late last year a similiar criminal plot was afoot: