Phone Scam Warning

April 27, 2022
Elise Schaffer, PIO, (608) 284-6142
Sheriff's Office

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens of an elaborate telephone scam where the scammers are claiming to represent the Sheriff’s Office.

In this particular scam, they actually leave a message and ask people to call (608) 401-2540. They have gone as far as establishing a phone tree and direct people to choose option #4. They have also been known to spoof the Sheriff’s Office main line, so it appears they are calling from a legitimate number. On the surface, it all sounds very official and citizens could easily think they are calling the Sheriff’s Office.

Please do not fall prey to this scam; the Sheriff’s Office does not ask for money over the phone. If you are unsure or something does not feel right, hang up the phone and call the business directly to verify any information. Do not give out any personal or financial information over the phone. If your suspicions are confirmed and the phone call was an attempt to defraud you, please report the incident by calling the non-emergency dispatch number at (608) 255-2345.