Local officials warning the public of deputy impersonator
CLEVELAND COUNTY, Okla. – Local officials are warning the public of someone impersonating a deputy.
The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday they have received a report of a male who impersonated a sheriff’s deputy.
Officials say the alleged impersonator tried to solicit money from a citizen.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the report indicated the caller identified himself as Deputy Chris Noel.
While the Sheriff’s Office does employ a deputy with that name, investigators have confirmed that Deputy Noel has not made any calls of this nature.
The alleged impersonator told the citizen there was a warrant for that person’s arrest.
He then instructed the citizen to get a Green DOT Charge Card, which would be used to pay off any fines associated with the warrant.
The caller told the citizen that if they refused to obtain the card, the warrant would be activated and the citizen would be arrested.
Officials say after receiving the call, the citizen called the Sheriff’s Office and reported the incident.
The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports of similar scams within the last three months.
“Our department is very concerned about this latest report of someone impersonating a Cleveland County Sheriff’s deputy,” Lester said. “If you receive a call from this individual, hang up and immediately call the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office and report it. Do not send this person money for any reason or meet him in public.”
If you receive a call from this individual, please call the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office at (405)701-8888.