Sheriff’s Office Warns Public About ‘Intimidating’ Scammers
The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has received a number of complaints from citizens regarding various phone scams that are circulating the area. If you have questions about a scam or you receive a call from one of these scammers, please call the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office at 406-582-2100.
One scam involves a caller informing people who answer that they have criminal charges pending and to send money for these charges to be dropped. The scammer informs the person to call a number and arrange payment. These callers are intimidating, convincing, and persistent. Please do not respond to their requests. The number they are calling from or that they ask you to call back is 406-219-5919. This number goes to a voice mail indicating you have reached the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office. Do not call the number it is a bogus number.
The second type of scam involves callers impersonating someone from the Social Security Administration. They claim there is an issue with your social security card or your benefits. They ask for the last 4 digits of your SSN, your DOB, and other personal information. Do not give them any information. If you have questions, call the Social Security Administration directly or phone the Sheriff’s Office and ask about any scams. Do not call the number they give you.
Another scam involves callers impersonating a representative from the Dish Network stating there is an issue with the satellite communicating with your dish. The caller states you will have to pay them to have the issue fixed. Again, they ask for the last 4 digits of your SSN, your DOB, and other personal information. Do not give them any information. If you have questions, call the Dish Network # directly from the number on your statement, or phone the Sheriff’s Office and ask about any scams. Do not call the number they give you and do not give out any information.
The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office contributed to this report.