On the afternoon of Tuesday September 13 2022, I received a phone call which I missed from number 1 904 297 – 2250 the caller left a voice mail informing me that he was from the St Johns County Sheriffs office and that I needed to cantact him right away regarding an important matter.
Upon contact the person at number 904 297 2250 informed me they where with the SJCSO their name was Sgt Davis and that I had a warrant being issued for my arrest for failure to comply with a new request for a DNA update. I informed the person claiming to be Sgt Davis that I had received no such request and that if I had been requested to do so I have always been compliant and would have no problem coming in to submit whatever they needed.
They informed me that the only way to stop the warrant and arrest was to make a secure bond payment and that would allow him to stop the warrant and re schedule a new date to submit my new DNA screening. He advised me that the bond amount was 10,000 and I would need to pay 10% of that right away over the phone in the amount of 1000 and he would be able to reschedule my appointment. I informed him I did not have that amount on card and could only provide cash, the person claiming to be Sgt Davis then told me he was going to place me on hold and transfer me to the “ SECURE BONDING AGENCY “ He then provided me with another phone number to the Bonding agency in-case the transfer didn’t go through so I could call back if needed, the number he provided me was 904 621 0441 he then placed me on a brief hold and within a minute another man came on the phone claiming to be with the SECURE BONDING AGENCY, The man on the phone requested that I make payment in the amount of 1000 using a credit card, I again informed that I did not have that amount on card and only had cash, he asked how much I have on card,
in which case I informed him at the most a few hundred, I told him I do have cash and would have no problem coming to the SJCSO to make payment or to his agency.
He then instructed me to go to the nearest winndixie gas station or other money transfer place and that I could make a transfer of funds that way,
I found it starting to sound odd so I asked the person claiming to be a bonding agency if they could transfer me back to Sgt Davis for a few questions. Once transferred back I Asked the person claiming to be officer Sgt Davis if I could meet him in person at the SJCSO as everything sounded a little odd and I would rather meet in person,
the person claiming to be Sgt Davis then told me we could meet but he couldn’t guarantee I wouldn’t be placed under arrest without receipt of payment to the secure bonding agency again I felt things where starting to sound odd, While on the phone with the person claiming to be Sgt Davis I quickly grabbed my wife’s phone and
placed a call to the real SJCSO registration office and asked if there was a warrant for me for non compliance and that I had a Sgt Davis on the other line saying I needed to make payment to avoid arrest. The Officer at the SJCSO registration office informed me it was a scam.
When the person claiming to be Sgt Davis heard me on the other line speaking to an actual Police officer they quickly hung up . I attempted to call back two times to inform them I was going to file a report, they did not answer my calls and the phone went dead both times.