Another phone scam hits the Wenatchee area with a seemingly local twist

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A new phone scam is hitting the Wenatchee Valley, this time with the caller claiming to be Chelan County Sheriff Rick Johnson.

The Wenatchee Police Department says the calls come from a local cell number with the scammer saying the potential victim failed to appear in court that day.

The caller is an actual person, not a recording.

They then go on to say a warrant has been issued for the arrest of the victim’s nephew and Walmart gift cards must be sent in order to clear the warrant.

Among the many things wrong with that information, is government agencies do not accept gift cards.

In addition, the Chelan County Sheriff’s name is actually Brian Burnett, not Rick Johnson.