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Scammer is posing as sheriff's deputy

The Dakota County Sheriff’s office and local law enforcement authorities have received numerous reports of an individual attempting to impersonate a Dakota County deputy sheriff.

The contacts typically involve a phone call from an individual who claims to be a Dakota County deputy sheriff. The caller informs the citizen that he/she had failed to serve their required time on jury duty and, therefore, a warrant would be issued for their arrest unless they pay a specific dollar amount

The caller said that if the citizen would pay the fee, usually several hundred dollars in the form of a pre-paid card, the matter would be resolved.

The caller commonly uses the name Lieutenant John Martin, though other names may also be used.

Anyone who has contact with this individual is asked to collect as much information as possible, including any telephone numbers or addresses the individual provides, and to call the investigation division of the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office at 651-438-4720.

The sheriff’s office and law enforcement in general never ask for money over the phone. Under no circumstances should citizens provide money to this individual. If you receive calls from anyone claiming to be from the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office that you believe are suspicious, you are encouraged to verify the individual’s identity by calling 651-438-4700.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

(651) 460-6606