The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is receiving numerous complaints from citizens after they received phone calls from callers identifying themselves as law enforcement officers. The “officers” claim that a member of the family called is in custody and needs bail to get out of jail. And to do that is to transfer money electronically or onto gift cards for a quick release of the family member.
Another citizen reported the callers advised they had a warrant for their arrest and to turn themselves into City Hall. The citizen reported their Caller ID displayed a name affiliated with law enforcement.
Many of the citizens who reported the suspicious calls reported the subjects used the names of Lt. Whitman, Sgt. Chip Baker or Deputy Baker.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens to not give out personal, financial or other protected information over the phone. If you doubt the credibility of any suspicious phone calls we encourage you to call your local law enforcement agency or stop by in person at the Sheriff’s Office in Newport to discuss sensitive information.