For Immediate Release
PR #:1700101
Date Issued:Nov 09, 2017 - 2:24pm

Public alert regarding suspicious phone calls claiming to be from Sheriff's Office

CONTACT:Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-722-5517

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office started receiving reports from the public today about phone contacts from a male identifying himself as a “Detective Phillips from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office” and asking for personal information.

In one instance, the caller was described as becoming aggressive and angry when information was refused.

Although the motive of these calls is unclear at this time, the Sheriff’s Office reminds the public to be wary of providing any information to strangers without verifying the credibility of their identity.

If you are uncomfortable with a phone call, gather whatever information you can then hang up, do not give any information out. If you are concerned that the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office may be legitimately attempting to reach you, you are welcome to contact us directly.

Your safety, and the safety of your personal information, comes first!


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Chuck Allen is the 26th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.

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