The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office says scammers are calling local residents claiming to be one of their deputies.
The caller claims the person did not show up for court or jury duty, or didn’t pay overdue tickets and a warrant is being issued for their arrest.
The scammer then attempt to collect a fine by telling the person to purchase a prepaid debit card, then read the card number to them.
The sheriff’s office says their deputies would never make such a call and people should not give out personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller.
The sheriff’s office is advising:
1. Law Enforcement WILL NEVER call and ask for credit/debit card/gift card numbers, wire transfers, or bank routing numbers.
2. Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
3. Never give personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller or email.
4. Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers to a stranger.