Oops! Wrong number: scam artist dials sheriff's deputy

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A suspected scam artist picked the wrong number to dial.

Shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday, Dustin Norwood of Jonesboro received a phone call from 876-350-1803.

The man on the other end of the line claimed he was a Publishers Clearing House representative and that Norwood had won $2.5 million dollars and a 2015 Mercedes Benz C Class automobile.

What the caller did not know is Norwood is a deputy with the Craighead County Sheriff's Office.

The man then told Norwood to get a pen and paper and “write some things down,” including Norwood's name, the caller's name, the company he represents, and the prizes Norwood had won.

The caller then asked Norwood to read everything back to him.

Believing the caller was fishing for information, Norwood asked the man, “What's my name?”

The caller, according to Norwood's incident report, replied, “Huh?”

The deputy then told the caller that if he truly was a PCH representative then surely he would at least know Norwood's name.

The caller hung up the phone.

Deputy Norwood said in his report he believes the caller would have continued asking him to write down personal information “little by little” until he had all of Norwood's personal information.

“I believe this is one of the tactics people are using to scam people out of their personal information and/or money,” Norwood stated.

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