Stark County Sheriff’s investigators are working with North Canton police who received a complaint of a phone scam that occurred in North Canton.

At about 2 p.m. Wednesday, North Canton police received a complaint from a potential victim who alleged he received a call from someone who identified themselves as “Detective Whitehouse” from the Stark County Sheriff’s Office. The caller advised the complainant that he failed to comply with a legal requirement of the sheriff’s office. The victim was told to get $2,000 in Google Play cards and provide the caller with the card codes. A number was given to the victim to call. The number duplicates the county sheriff’s call system but is not connected to the Stark County Sheriff’s Office.

While the case remains under investigation, Sheriff George Maier reminds citizens that it is not an operating policy of the sheriff’s office to call and request funds or payments for sheriff’s services. Stark County residents should be aware of these types of scams and report any suspicious activity to their local police department and the Stark County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office will continue to work with the North Canton police on this investigation.