A suspected telephone scammer is impersonating employees of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, the sheriff’s office said in a news release today.

On Tuesday, a local resident called the sheriff’s office to report a call from a “Lt. Jerry Gamble,” who told the resident a warrant had been issued for their arrest for missing jury duty. The caller asked the resident to send money to clear up the warrant.

The sheriff’s office has since learned that this is a nationwide scam, with residents in a variety of places receiving calls from a Lt. Gamble claiming a warrant has been issued for their arrest.

Anyone receiving a similar call is asked to report it to the sheriff’s office at 541-693-6911.