Sheriff warns of warrant scam

2014-06-20T15:15:00Z 2014-06-20T23:48:04Z Sheriff warns of warrant scamBy ZACH BENOIT zbenoit@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder warned the public on Friday of a current scam in which a caller asks somebody to pay a fine for a warrant or risk arrest.

In the scam, the caller contacts potential victims via telephone and tells them that they’ll be arrested if they don’t send money, either by debit or credit card or MoneyGram, a deputy will be sent their home to arrest them on an outstanding warrant.

Linder said the scam has been making the rounds in the Yellowstone County since at least early June and that, most recently, the caller tells citizens that they did not send in their jury notices and must pay a fine or face arrest by a sheriff’s deputy.

“This is a scam,” Linder said. At least three people contacted the sheriff’s office on Friday asking about the calls, Linder said.

They provided a callback number from the scammer, but investigators were unable to make contact. Linder said it appears that the caller is manipulating phone numbers and that investigators can’t get through when trying to call back.

He advised anyone who receives such a call to contact local law enforcement or whichever agency the caller says will make the arrest. He said they also should not provide any personal information, and definitely don’t wire or send any money.

“We’ll make sure that we keep track of them,” Linder said.

The sheriff’s office can be reached at 256-2929.

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