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Rhode Island Department of Public Safety Warns of Another Telephone Scam

Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, is again warning citizens to beware of a telephone scam in which individuals posing as deputy sheriffs are calling people to make arrangements to pay fictitious fines and bonds.

The caller claims to be a deputy sheriff, sometimes using the name of an actual employee in the Division of Sheriffs. The caller then says the person has an unpaid fine or is wanted on an outstanding warrant and needs to dispose of it by posting a specific amount of money as bond. The caller then offers to meet with the person at a specific location. Some of the people who have been called in turn have reached out to the Division of Sheriffs or Capitol Police seeking to pay the fines or bonds, only to find out they don't exist.

Colonel Assumpico stressed that neither the Division of Sheriffs nor the Capitol Police collect payment of fines or bonds, nor would they ask someone to meet them outside of a courthouse to make payment. Some of the people who have been called as part of this scam in the past do not even owe fines nor have outstanding warrants against them.

The Division of Sheriffs does call people to arrange for service of warrants and other paperwork, however they do not request nor accept payments of fines or bonds.

The Colonel further stated that people should not respond to any calls from individuals claiming to be a deputy sheriff or a member of the Capitol Police seeking payment of fines or bonds. Anyone with questions about a call from a deputy can contact the Division of Sheriffs at 401-275-2900 to confirm whether it is legitimate.

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  • Release date: 05-17-2018

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