Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

PIO Number: 23-8-14

Date: Aug. 14, 2023

If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Broward Sheriff’s Office Civil Division asking for money to put an arrest warrant on hold, be aware that the person on the other end of that call is a scammer.

BSO and other law enforcement agencies have seen this scam before. In fact, BSO recently educated the public on this issue when scammers claimed to be BSO employees at the Broward County courthouse. But while the scammer’s tactics may have changed slightly, the advice for the public has not – if you get a call like this, immediately hang up and call law enforcement. 

In this latest iteration of the scam, BSO has been alerted to four cases where individuals received calls from someone claiming to work in BSO’s Civil Division. The victims were told that they had missed a court date and a warrant was issued for their arrest. The victims were advised that they could put the warrant on hold by sending money via an online payment application. Adding to the reality of the scam, the scammers used the names of real BSO employees during the calls. 

According to detectives, it appears that the scammers are targeting medical professionals. 

Please remember that BSO will never call you to ask for money or personal information, demand bond money or any form of payment. If you receive this type of call, do not provide any personal information or money. Instead, report it to the authorities. If you have been a victim of this scam or received this type of call, call BSO’s non-emergency number 954-764-HELP (4357).

Carey Codd/Sr. PIO