MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) - Detectives with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office have successfully removed a scam site that posed as the organization’s official website.
Using investigative techniques, detectives were able to locate the fake MCSO website’s domain and have the site removed. They are continuing to work to identify the owner of the site and scammers involved.
Although the site is no longer active, officials say they have received report this week of scammers calling citizens claiming to be an MCSO employee and leaving messages that direct the citizen to the fake site to submit payment for fines and other reasons, including providing the opportunity to “donate to charities.” I
In the messages, the scammers use names of real MCSO employees and provide fake call-back numbers.
The only website used by the department is manateesheriff.com.
Anyone who receives a call or message directing them to a fake website, should not provide payment or personal information and should contact the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.