LAKE COUNTY, OH - A series of realistic-sounding phone calls telling Lake County residents that they are wanted on a federal warrant are scams and the Lake County Sheriff is warning people not to be tricked out of their money.
According to the sheriff's office, the phone calls are from someone claiming to be Captain Dondorfer with the Sheriff's office. He tells the person on the other end of the call that they are wanted on a federal warrant, and if they do not turn themselves in immediately they will be arrested. He then offers them the chance to make bond by paying the money over the phone. If people hang up and call back, the phone number provided is answered by someone saying, "Warrant unit." They can also hear dispatch radio noise in the background, making the whole thing seem very realistic.
This is simply a way to steal money from unsuspecting people. The sheriff wants to stress the following:
1. First, no one from law enforcement will call anyone demanding money, to have money wired anywhere, and threaten your arrest via phone for failure to wire money.
2. Capt. Dondorfer is the head of our Road Patrol division here at the Sheriff's Office. He does not work for the Federal Government, nor would he make any such call to require anyone to wire money or be arrested.
The calls started earlier in the week in Willoughby and Wickliffe and are now be reported throughout western Lake County, including Kirtland.
Contact the police or federal authorities if you receive such a call, but do not pay any money to the caller.