Sheriffs’ warn against a new scam artist posing as authorities to target residents

OKLAHOMA - Megan McCormick with the Cleveland County Sheriffs Department says a scam artist has been targeting residents.

“It’s a concern cause we hope there aren’t any victims out there we sure don’t want anyone out there to meet this person,” said McCormick.

“The Cleveland County Sheriffs Office has received reports from the public about an individual claiming to be a Lieutenant Timothy Clark with the Cleveland County Sheriffs Office and he instructed him, that if he were to have a prepaid card and meet him possibly at an address that the ticket, the citation, where the gentleman owed the money would be cleared,” said McCormick.

Authorities say there is no one in their department with that name and no one in their department is calling anyone.
This type of scam is all too familiar to Norman resident Alex Campbell.

“I’ve gotten calls like that before saying I’ve been overdue on mortgages or I had a past bill due late,” Campbell said.

Bills that didn’t even exist.

He says trusting strangers, can lead to more than just losing some money.

“It’s definitely very scary, cause it starts with money and then you know, he may kidnap you or worse. Who knows what could happen to you, once you meet up with him,” said Campbell.

He says the worst part about this scam is, the imposter is posing as someone residents should be able to trust.

“When you have this guy going around ruining that trust that we instill in our society … I mean it just really shocks the conscience of society as a whole,” said Campbell.