The Belknap County Sheriff’s Department is warning the public of a new scam using the Sheriff’s Department’s name. It has been reported that fraudsters are calling area residents posing as a Deputies for the Belknap County Sherriff’s Department attempting to trick victims into providing sensitive account information over the phone.
Scam call recipients have reported being told that there is a warrant out for their arrest and that bond must be paid to avoid being arrested. The caller then requests that the fine be paid over the phone and attempts to collect account and/or debit card information.
It has also been reported that a local number possibly related to the Belknap County Sheriff’s Department is appearing on Caller ID when the calls are received. The fraudsters appear to be “spoofing” this information in an attempt to make the scam appear legitimate.
The Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that these phone calls are fraudulent and they are urging citizens to not give out any personal or financial information to the fraudsters. If you receive a phone call of this nature, hang up. If you have questions on a judicial matter or have additional information surrounding this scam, please contact the Belknap County Sheriff’s Department at 603.527.5454.