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Scam alert!

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) will never call you and ask for payment of fines over the phone. We have heard from numerous community members that scammers are impersonating our deputies and sergeants, and asking for money or personal information or face being arrested.

Tactics that have been reported to MCSO:

  • Scammers are using the names of actual MCSO employees.
  • Scammers will falsify caller ID to make it look like MCSO is calling.
  • Scammers will provide a fake badge number or case number.
  • Scammer claims the person has a warrant, unpaid court fines, or has missed jury duty and must pay a fine with a gift card, cash app or cryptocurrency or be arrested. 
  • Scammer will demand a person stay on the phone with them until a transaction occurs. 
  • Scammers will not allow a person to contact family or friends for advice.
  • Scammers may have personal information like a home address.
  • Scammers may provide a call back number with a falsified phone tree.
  • Once the scammer receives payment, they may tell the person they can come to an MCSO office for reimbursement.

MCSO will NEVER contact you regarding warrant service, missed jury duty, missed court dates or payment of fines over the phone. We urge you to be aware of these ongoing and evolving scams.

•If you are called by a person claiming to be from the Sheriff’s Office and they are requesting payment in any capacity, DO NOT SEND MONEY or engage with these individuals. Just hang up. They do not represent the Sheriff’s Office.

•If you have been a victim of this scam, please file a police report by calling 503-823-3333 and select the option for non-emergency police reporting in the jurisdiction that reflects your residence.