PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) - If someone claiming to be Deputy Cooper with the Perry County Sheriff's Department calls you and demands money, hang up.
It's a scam, according to Sheriff Gary Schaaf.
Schaaf said several people have recently reported getting such calls. The caller reportedly tells people to send him money immediately or he'll get a warrant for their arrest. The caller ID even shows up as coming from the Perry County Sheriff's Office.
But according to Schaaf, if someone from the sheriff's office calls you, the caller ID will show up as private.
In addition, there is no Deputy Cooper employed by the sheriff's office, Schaaf said.
He also said the sheriff's office doesn't do this sort of thing. He said if he were getting a warrant for someone, he wouldn't call and tell that person about it, nor give them a chance to pay to get out of it.
If you get one of these calls, Schaaf advises you to hang up immediately. If the caller persists, explain that you know it's a scam and you're not falling for it.