There’s no Deputy Greg Allen at the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
Which means that if a scammer by that name calls demanding money, local law enforcement agencies would like to know.
Tacoma police know of eight reported cases of the scam, targeting seniors.
The ruse involves a man who leaves voice messages identifying himself as Deputy Allen, asking that the homeowner call 253-259-1649 about a courthouse matter.
If the homeowner dials that number, a recording says the caller has reached Allen’s desk.
A man then returns the call, telling the homeowner to buy a prepaid card worth $6,500 and deliver it to a specific place. If the card isn’t delivered, the person will be arrested on a warrant, the man says.
One person made such a delivery and was told he’d get a receipt the next day.
Law enforcement agencies do not call people to collect money, police cautioned.
Anyone who has gotten a similar call is asked to report it to their local police department.