Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office: Scammers threatening residents with fake warrants, fines by phone
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a scam involving individuals identifying themselves as employees of the Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office said the suspects are falsely representing themselves as employees of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office and telling victims that they have a warrant for their arrest for failing to appear in court as a witness. The suspects then inform the victim they can place a hold on the warrant if they pay a fine.
The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office and its employees do not solicit payment for any fines over the phone or in person.
Scammers prey on people with these official-sounding phone calls and make good people feel desperate and concerned. Scammers also are using Caller ID “spoofing” to make the phone calls look legitimate. Please don’t fall into this trap. Do not give your personal information, including your social security number, out to someone who calls you. Never pay someone over the phone with a credit card, debit card, gift card or prepaid debit card unless you initiated the purchase.
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