'Office Depot was bright and said: This is a scam'
EUGENE, Ore. — Sitting in her living room, Lauryn Kalina didn’t think anything of it when her phone rang one Friday afternoon.
But she didn't recognize the voice on the other end of the line.
“I’m just going to go ahead and dispatch deputies to your residence,” a male voice said over the phone.
That was just one of many calls Lauryn received that day from a man identifying himself as a Lane County Sheriff’s deputy.
“They told me I had missed a court date on March 6,” Lauryn said.
The man on the phone told Lauryn she had a warrant out for her arrest for not showing up for jury duty.
She could take care of her warrant by paying a fine.
“He suggested Office Depot and there’s a certain card that you need to purchase with cash," she said. "Cash only."
Lauryn withdrew almost $2,000 from her bank account and headed to Office Depot.
That’s when she was clued in by employees to what was really going on.
“Office Depot was bright and said: This is a scam," Lauryn said.
But the scammers kept on trying, preying on her emotions.
“Ma’am are you OK? Is something wrong with your mental health?” said the caller on the phone.
Eventually they hung up.
Sgt. Carrie Carver with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office said they see these types of scams go in waves - and they’re getting more sophisticated.
“Anybody who is pressuring, anyone who is calling you unsolicited - as far as a warrant goes, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office nor would any other Law Enforcement agency likely contact you over the phone," Carver said.
Lauryn hopes sharing her story will help others not get scammed.
“It’s complete relief, anger and I just wanted to burst into tears of relief. That was the first one, but then the second was, 'Oh my gosh, I'm an idiot,'" Lauryn said.
To report and learn about common scams, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website.
You can also report scams to the Oregon Attorney General’s Consumer Hotline: 1-877-877-9392 or visit their website.