The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office will never call and request money, banking or credit card information for any reason.
Citizens have reported receiving calls from “Jim Gorges” advising if the person doesn’t send money, they will be arrested on a warrant. These calls appear to come from (208) 983-1100.
Scammers have been using Idaho County Undersheriff Gorges name and spoofing the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office phone number to make it appear as though they are legitimate.
Some common scams to be aware of are:
• You are going to be arrested if you don’t send money. (scammers use a variety of reasons)
• The IRS saying you owe money and you will be arrested if you don’t pay.
• A relative is in jail and needs bail money.
• A relative is in the hospital and needs money to pay the bill.
• You missed jury duty and must pay or you will be arrested.
• You have won the lottery and must pay taxes etc. before receiving the money.
• Your computer has a virus and they need access to remove it.
• You receive a check with instructions to send some of the money to someone else.
Please discuss scams with the elderly people in your life as they are more vulnerable and many of these scams are effective on them.
Some things to keep in mind and discuss with those that are vulnerable:
• Never give banking information to anyone if you did not make the initial contact.
• If you receive a call you are unsure about, hang up.
• If the person claims to be a relative and you don’t recognize the voice, hang up.
• The IRS will contact you by mail not by phone.
• NO law enforcement agency will call demanding money to prevent an arrest.
• If you missed jury duty, a deputy will serve you a notice to appear before the judge.
• Scammers frequently spoof phone numbers so don’t presume the call is real.
• You won’t win a contest or lottery if you never entered it.
• If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
Please report scam contacts to the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov.