Sheriff's office warns again about warrant scam

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Wichita, Kan. -- The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office is warning about about a new twist on the old "warrant scam."

The scam involves someone calling, claiming to be with law enforcement, warning the victim that they have an outstanding warrant. The so-called warrant could be for anything from unpaid tickets to failing to show up for jury duty.

The caller says the victim can take care of that warrant immediately if they pay them immediately. They then try to get the victim's banking or credit card information, or tell them to purchase a gift card they can place money on and then giving them the number.

The scam has been around for awhile and has made the rounds in Kansas. However, the sheriff's office is warning that the scammers are now using a program to spoof their telephone number so that it appears that it is coming from the Sheriff's Office.

Caller ID shows that the number is 660-3900, the actual number for the Sheriff's Administration office. However, the office reminds the public that it the court that handles all fees and deputies will never ask you for money.

If you have fallen victim to this scam, you can contact 911 or sheriff's investigators at 316-660-5300. You can also verify if you have an outstanding warrant with the county by clicking here.

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