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Warns of Emerging Warrant Scam
RELEASE: July 21, 2014
Ireton, Director of Communications
firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-388-3377, Media line: 425-359-9323
EVERETT, Wash. – 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. 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,” said Sheriff Ty
Trenary. “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.
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