Scam caller claims he works for county, victim subject to arrest

3 years 1 week 3 days ago Tuesday, December 02 2014 Dec 2, 2014 Tuesday, December 02, 2014 9:45:00 AM CST December 02, 2014 in News
By: Drew Whiteman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

BOONE COUNTY - The Boone County Sheriff's Department issued a warning Tuesday about a phone scam in which the caller claims the victim has a warrant out for their arrest.

The sheriff's department said the telephone scam involves a man who says he is a representative from the "Boone County Warrants Division" and tells the victims they are subject to arrest for failure to appear for jury duty, unless, of course, they pay a fine over the phone. The report said the man requests either credit, debit or PayPal information.

A citizen who became suspicious during one such call from a man identifying himself as "Lt. Allen" from the "Boone County Warrants Division" contacted the Boone County Circuit Court. The circuit court said they do not call people requesting payment for missing jury duty.

The sheriff's office said to be cautious of anyone claiming to represent government agencies and attempting to obtain credit or debit card information for payment for services, advising that if there is any doubt about the contact, to hang up and call the agency in question or call 911. 

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