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Deputies warn residents of arrest warrant scam

Scam Alert
Posted at 11:21 AM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 11:26:29-04

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — The Wakulla County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of an on-going arrest warrant scam.

WCSO says the scammers often use “spoofed” numbers, making it appear that they are calling from your local sheriff’s office or jail.

They tell potential victims they have an outstanding arrest warrant for unpaid debts, minor infraction, or for failing to report for jury duty.

Authorities say the potential victim might be informed to meet with a law enforcement officer to determine how much is needed to be paid to clear the warrant.

The scammer might also ask for immediate payment by means of purchasing a pre-paid credit card, green dot card, wiring money via Western Union, or by other electronic means.

Here's how authorities say you can avoid being scammed:

1) You will never receive a phone call that tells you there’s a warrant issued for your arrest.

2) These matters are handled via paper documentation, typically served in person by a uniformed officer.

3) Never, ever agree to meet someone at a strange address, especially someone who calls and demands cash payment.

If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 745-7100.