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#FraudFriday #Arrest Warrant Scam


#FraudFriday #Arrest Warrant Scam

Have you received a call claiming a warrant has been issued for your arrest? At first, the call may sound convincing, but in reality, you wonder why you are receiving this call because you have “never been in trouble with the law.” 

Now days Scammers spoof, or disguise, their caller ID which allows them to make the call appear to be a legitimate local police, sheriff, or other law enforcement agency telephone number. 

The caller will advise you there is an outstanding warrant out for your arrest, and to avoid criminal charges they will request payment of a fine, then the warrant will be dismissed.

Thieves will demand immediate payments via Western Union, MoneyGram, or buying a prepaid credit card (Green Dot cards) and registering it online.

Here are some of the things to look out for if you receive a call:

• Law Enforcement Agencies will not make notifications of warrants via phone. 
• These scammers will demand payment of these fees via prepaid gift cards, MoneyGrams, or other online payment system. 
• Scammers will try to bully and intimidate you when questioned about their call.
• Some of these scams threaten you by stating police are on their way to arrest you if you don’t comply on paying a fee.

Ultimately, please note that law enforcement agencies will not call you and direct you to make payment over the phone utilizing gift card payment systems.