Phone scams: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s warning

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The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is investigating reports of scammers posing as deputies.

In this scam, the caller claims victims have missed a recent court appearance and attempts to extort money out of them.

The scammer’s phone number may even appear as the HCSO non-emergency line, 813-247-8200, or appear to have the name of an HCSO employee on the caller ID.

“We want to be clear, this is a scam,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office will not call you to inform you of a missed court hearing.”

If you receive a call like this, please hang up and call 813-247-8200 directly.

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