WCSO press release warning of telephone scam threatening arrest
Over the last couple of weeks the Walker County Sheriff Office has seen an increase in reports regarding a telephone scam within the County. Citizens are receiving calls from someone claiming to be with law enforcement stating the person has a warrant for his/her arrest.
The scammer goes on to say the warrant was issued for missing Federal Grand Jury or Court and possibly gives the name of local officials with law enforcement or the Courts within Walker County.
The scammers will then state that the matter can be resolved by paying a fine either by a pre-paid credit card or through Western Union/ Money Gram. The caller is threatened with arrest if they don’t immediately comply, DO NOT do this. Once the scammer receives a code the money is transferred to a Green Dot card or pre-paid credit card and cannot be recovered after that point.
In the course of a deputies duties they may contact a citizen in reference to a criminal matter but they will never ask for money over the telephone. If you receive a phone call regarding a possible warrant for your arrest please contact your local law enforcement or Courts to verify the information.
It has also been reported that if you call the phone number back that is on caller ID or provided by the scammer, you will hear the correct Sheriff’s Office automated phone answering system. It appears the scammer has recorded the Sheriff’s Office legitimate automated phone answering system, and is replaying on the number. The phone number is also sometimes “spoofed” to appear to be correctly coming from the Sheriff’s Office.
Again, if in doubt, you can always call 936-435-2400, if you call that number you will be able to speak to a legitimate member of the Sheriff’s Office and have an opportunity to validate any questions you may have.
Sheriff McRae would like to remind all citizens to remain alert that the scam is constantly being modified.