News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, 10:26 a.m.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has received a new report of another variation on the "warrant scam" -- and wants to remind the public that our deputies do not call asking you for money because of "warrants for your arrest."
On Jan. 24, a citizen reported that she received a call at home from a "Lt. Mark Anderson" of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office (The Sheriff's Office does not employ anyone named Mark Anderson.) The scam caller told the citizen there was a warrant for her arrest for missing jury duty. The scam caller then told her that she could pay a fine -- in cash -- and the charges would be dropped.
This is in no way Sheriff's Office policy. It is a variation on a scam that has been making the rounds for years. In past reports scam callers have also told the victim that they can pay the "fine" over the phone by purchasing a Green Dot MoneyPak at Wal-Mart.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU'RE TARGETED:
- If a scammer calls you, identifies as a law-enforcement official, says you're wanted for missing jury duty, and tries to extract a "fine" or any other financial penalty, it's not us -- and you should contact the Sheriff's Office to report the call (with the scam caller's phone number) ASAP using our non-emergency line: (503) 655-8211.
- In addition to contacting local law enforcement, warrant-scam victims should contact the Federal Trade Commission's scam line to report any fraud. You can report to the FTC online or by phone at 1-877-FTC-HELP.
Suspects involved in this type of scam often prey on our most vulnerable citizens and the elderly. This may be a good time to check with those in our lives who are vulnerable and remind them of the need to remain vigilant.
You can find more information on the FTC web site, which maintains a blog describing a wide variety of scams that are being used around the country.
The Sheriff's Office has written about variations on this scam in previous news releases:
- "Sheriff's Office gets reports of new 'jury duty warrant scam' fraud calls; if contacted, call actual police ASAP" (June 12, 2014)
- "Warning: New variation on 'jury duty scam' fraud calls; if contacted, call actual police ASAP" (June 15, 2015)
Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office