If ‘Lt. Johnson calls for money, don’t pay it, Northampton Co sheriff warns

  If 'Lt.  Johnson calls for money, don't pay it, Northampton Co sheriff warns

A news release from the sheriff’s department on Monday says it has received multiple reports about the scam. Here’s how it works, per the release:

It’s bogus, and the Northampton County Sheriff’s Department wants residents to know about it because “Lt. Johnson” is using the ruse to solicit money from the residents he calls.

Highlights

  • “The sheriff’s department does not call residents and solicit money in lieu of arrest,” the news release says.

  • After claiming to be “Lt. Johnson” calling about the outstanding warrant, the scammer informs the resident that they need to pay via a bank check or a money order or else they will be immediately arrested.

The news release directs residents to report any suspicious solicitations to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office at 800-441-2555 or email them at scams@attorneygeneral.gov.

It was not clear how many reports the sheriff’s department has taken, how many residents (if any) have fallen victim to the scam and how much (if any) money has been stolen. A phone message left with the sheriff’s department after business hours Monday was not immediately returned, and a county spokeswoman did not immediately respond to an inquiry from lehighvalleylive.com.

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