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Sheriff's Office on latest scam: "Don’t be fooled, don’t be their next victim"

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office has once again received reports of a male claiming to work for the Sheriff’s Office who is demanding citizens pay fines immediately over the phone and threatens arrest if the potential victim does not follow his demands.  Here's the Sheriff's message: "Do NOT be fooled. This is a scam and neither the Sheriff’s Office nor any other law enforcement agency will demand you to go to a store to obtain a prepaid credit card or voucher to pay fines."

In this case, a male claiming to be “Deputy Walker” called from (509) 237-5534.  The scammer had a southern accent and stated the victim had a warrant for failing to appear for jury duty and a second warrant for contempt of court.  He demanded the victim go to Fred Meyer and get a money voucher in the amount of $989.00 to pay for the fines and avoid arrest.  

The scammer was so brazen, the sheriff's office said in a release, he told the victim once a card was purchased, she needed to go to the credit/debit kiosk located inside the Public Safety Building (1100 W. Mallon).  

The scammer demanded a call back once she was at the kiosk and again threatened arrest if she didn’t follow his instructions.

Thankfully, in this case, the scammer did not claim another victim. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone law enforcement will NOT call and demand payment or personal information over the phone. These scammers continue to change their story but they all have the same theme: they want your hard earned money or your identity by obtaining your personal information.

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