Sheriff’s Office warns of warrant scam

Jul 24, 2014

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office warns of a recent warrant scam after several callers reported that they received phone calls on July 21 from someone claiming to be a Sheriff’s Office deputy with a warrant for their arrest.

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,” said Sheriff Ty Trenary. “Anyone who does should be reported to the police immediately.

“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.”

A current list of all outstanding District Court misdemeanor and Superior Court felony warrants is available online at

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.


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