DELTA â€” Delta Police have received six reports of fraud where criminals pretending to be police officers call up potential victims, asking cash in exchange for making a supposed warrant for their arrest go away.
â€œThese scams prey on the publicâ€™s fear of being arrested,â€ Sgt. Sarah Swallow said. â€œWe really want to warn the public that this scam has surfaced again, and remind people that police agencies do not offer the option to pay your way out of an arrest warrant.â€
The scammers have been telling people they have outstanding warrants for unpaid debt, missed jury duty or some minor infraction, and that a fine is due.
â€œThe callers try to convince people to make payments by wiring money through convenience stores or sometimes through pre-paid credit cards, and then threaten to arrest the victims and put them in jail if they do not pay within a specified amount of time,â€ Swallow said.
She said people who get this kind of call should ask for the alleged officerâ€™s badge number and name and then call the police department for verification.
â€œNever wire transfer money to someone you do not know,â€ Swallow said.