Sheriff’s Office warns of emerging warrant scam

Jul 21, 2014

Several area residents have reported today that they received a phone call from someone claiming to be a Sheriff’s Office deputy with a warrant for their arrest.

According to Sheriff's spokesperson Shari Ireton, the caller said that the victim would need to pay over the phone to have the warrant “lifted,” or a deputy would come to their house to arrest them.

“First of all, no county employee, including those in law enforcement, will call you to request payment over the phone for anything. Anyone who does should be reported to the police immediately,” Sheriff Ty Trenary said.

“Second, a Sheriff’s Office deputy would never call someone with a warrant to warn them that we were on our way to arrest them.”

If you wish to verify that you have an outstanding warrant in Snohomish County, a current list of all outstanding District Court misdemeanor and Superior Court felony warrants is available on-line, Ireton said.

Sheriff’s Office reception staff said they received five similar reports Monday morning. In most cases, victims said it was the Sheriff’s Office reception phone number (425-388-3393) that showed up on their caller ID screen.

Anyone who believes they may be a victim of fraud should call 911.

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