TCSO alerts public to scammers impersonating TCSO employees


The Thurston County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) is warning the public about a surge in scams in which individuals impersonate TCSO staff.

These schemes involve perpetrators falsely claiming to represent TCSO and deceiving victims into believing they are facing legal troubles.

According to the TCSO news release, scammers typically contact individuals and inform them of a warrant for their arrest or allege that they have missed court proceedings or jury duty obligations.

They then coerce the victims into providing money under the guise of resolving the fabricated issues.

“It is important to note that you can NEVER resolve an issue with a member of the Sheriff’s Office by providing money before being booked into jail,” TCSO stated. “If you go to jail, you can bail out, but you should never be asked for money before arrest.”

"You should never send anyone money for a warrant or any claim related to court or jury duty,” the sheriff’s office added.

Scammers may present official-looking documents or use phone numbers that appear authentic. However, these are all part of the illegal scheme.

If there's any uncertainty regarding the authenticity of a communication purportedly from the TCSO, individuals are urged to refrain from engaging directly with the caller or providing personal information.

Instead, they should contact the Thurston County Court Clerk at 360-786-5430 for verification.

The TCSO informed the community that deputies are available to address inquiries and concerns. They are encouraged to contact dispatch at 360-704-2740 if they encounter suspicious activity or have questions regarding potential scams.


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  • hptrillium

    My family has been targeted similarity in the past. The ones who do it are very clever knowing just what to say to make you believe them. They say not to talk to anyone else because talking about it with someone else helps you to think it thru and realize it is a scam.

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