Familiarize yourself with scams

In becoming familiar with the kinds of scams people commit, people are less likely to fall for them.

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Multiple county residents contacted the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office on Thursday reporting scam phone calls from someone claiming to be an officer with a warrant for their arrest requesting they pay a fine to avoid arrest. 

A press release issued by the sheriff's office Thursday afternoon warned residents that the sheriff's office "is not and does not contact individuals by phone to collect money for warrants or to deal with federal court issues." 

People who received the phone calls were told by the caller they needed to pay a fine for failing to appear in federal court for jury selection or else they would be charged with a felony. People reported being told a warrant had been issued for their arrest and that they were directed to "transfer money using gift cards to avoid arrest," according to the release. 

The suspect has claimed to be a sergeant or lieutenant with the sheriff's office, and some people reported their caller I.D. showing the call came from the sheriff's office, according to the release. 

"If you receive a call from someone that matches this activity, hang up the phone," the release states.

Anyone with questions or concerns is asked contact the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office at 406-256-2929. 

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Night Reporter

General assignment reporter for The Billings Gazette.