BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – For five hours, an elderly woman sat in her car crying and holding her cellphone to her ear.
Brevard County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Jackie Hearon said the woman thought she had to stay on the phone because the caller said they were a deputy.
“Because she believed she was going to be arrested, and figured she better stay there,” Hearon said. “She figured they have the authority to hold her there.”
The person on the other end of the phone was pretending to be a Brevard County Sheriff’s deputy, threatening to arrest the senior for not paying a fine.
“This is a government scam,” Hearon said. “The scammer calls, says that you failed to show up for jury (duty) or warrant for your arrest or failure to submit to DNA test. And they say you can avoid going to jail today if you pay the fines.”