NORMAN, Okla. — A new fingerprinting scam has the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office upset.
Scammers are claiming to help children and doing it by pretending they work with the sheriff’s department.
Parents have been told fingerprinting can be a good safety tool and these scammers are using that to their advantage.
Mary Reeves won’t be fooled.
“We know what people are trying to do,” she said. “You don’t give out your Social Security, you don’t give out your bank account number, you don’t even tell them your bank’s name.”
Not everyone has made it past the persuasive scam artists.
The callers claim to be with the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office and tell their target they’ll fingerprint children in their family for a cost.
The catch is, you have to give them your bank account number.
“What’s worse is they’re using children in their scams,” Meghan McCormick said, with the sheriff’s office.
The reason the sheriff’s office fingerprints children is so parents can have the prints in case their children ever go missing but they always do it for free.
These fingerprint fraudsters bring a new kind of scam to the table for detectives but there are ways to protect yourself.
“The best thing to do is if you get one of these calls, just hang up on them and call the sheriff’s office,” McCormick said.
After getting so many calls from scammers, Reeves made sure her phone is fraud proof through a message system.
“Our phone rings twice then it goes to the voice and voice says, ‘May I help you,’ and if they don’t leave a message, that’s that,” Reeves said.
The fingerprint scam claiming to help children is not something she takes lightly.
“It’s awful,” she said. “I think people should be on guard and watch who they even talk to.”
The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office said they are working to find the scammers.
Once caught, they could face fraud charges.
If you get a call from a scammer, call investigators at (405) 702-8888.