Sheriff advises of phone scam invoking the name of his office

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: The Graham County Sheriff’s Office is advising about a phone scam where the scammer pretends to be an employee of the office and tries to extort money regarding a phony warrant.

Staff Reports

GRAHAM COUNTY – The Graham County Sheriff’s Office is advising the public regarding a phone scam in which the caller identifies themself as a member of the GCSO using actual employee names.

The scammer attempts to extort money by telling the person that they have a current arrest warrant for $2,000 and if they paid the bond they would not be arrested. The scammer has also cloned the phone number to make it appear as if the call is originating from the Sheriff’s Office general phone number at 428-3141. However, that is not the phone number that comes up in real calls from the Sheriff’s Office.

This is a phone scam being used throughout Arizona. The Sheriff’s Office does not collect bond payments for any warrants, especially over the phone. Do not give the caller any personal information, including account numbers, or send any money if you receive this type of call.

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