SCSO warns against swatting scams


Courtesy images of scams circulating on local social media groups.

As the Sublette County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) sees a growing trend of almost daily scams in the community, the SCSO wants to first thank vigilant citizens for reporting scams. Pictured here are two scams from a local Facebook group Post it - Sell it in Sublette County. They also both came directly from concerned citizens.

The first image was reported on the morning of Feb. 9, and purports to depict a missing autistic child and a dog. SCSO assures the public that the SCSO is not investigating such a case at this time and it is not a legitimate post. The original poster has also disabled comments. Scammers doing this are using what is known as Swatting scams, intended to flood first responder resources to an emergency or event that doesn't exist to tie up resources.

The second image is a bit different. It came to us last evening from another concerned citizen. When the tip first came in last night, the post showed a small girl who was allegedly missing. But, as of this morning, it has changed to a post about cheap local rentals. This is also a crafty scam trying to trick residents into deposits for rent.

The SCSO reminds citizens to remain vigilant and keep in mind that if it sounds too good to be true, it likely is. Remember also that the SCSO will use its trusted social media platforms, website and public smartphone app to alert the public to any missing people or children.