The Natrona County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of an ongoing telephone scam, that is being reported in the area.
Residents of Natrona County have reported phone calls receiving phone calls stating they have an arrest warrant.
The callers identify themselves as being with local law enforcement or another governmental agency such as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The caller instructs the citizen to provide money in a multitude of ways, but usually through a prepaid debit card that can be purchased from places like Wal-Mart or Walgreens.
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Most prepaid debit cards now have a warning label on them, advising of this very scam.
This scam tactic has also been used against Registered Sex Offenders (RSO’s). RSO’s are told they have a warrant and need to provide monor they will be arrested.
“No matter the scam type, the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office and any other local law enforcement will not solicit money from our citizen’s over the phone,” the NCSO says. “If you receive a phone call and you are suspicious that it might be a scam, please hang up and call us or come to the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office in person. We will gladly assist you in determining if someone is attempting to scam you out of money.”
Most times citizens will not be able to recover money they send.
“Please save your money for (safely) enjoying the upcoming 4th of July celebration,” NCSO says.