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Local arrest warrant scam calls continue

Five more people Thursday reported receiving a scam call during which the threat of a purported arrest warrant is used in an attempt to steal money. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office made the public aware Wednesday of the scam, which, in an a...

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"These scams can seem very real," stated Sheriff Todd Dahl in a news release. "We will not call you seeking payment. A good rule of thumb is to only provide personal information when you make the phone call to a known business or organization."

Five more people Thursday reported receiving a scam call during which the threat of a purported arrest warrant is used in an attempt to steal money.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office made the public aware Wednesday of the scam, which, in an attempt to appear realistic, uses the name of a licensed peace officer in the county. Additional information released Thursday indicated the targets of the calls appear to trend toward those working in health care facilities.

Callers reported the call consists of a male stating there is a warrant for their arrest, instructing the person on how to pay by credit, debit or cash card to avoid being arrested.

Those who receive this call are encouraged to hang up. Incidents such as these should be reported to the sheriff's office by calling 218-829-4749.

"These scams can seem very real," stated Sheriff Todd Dahl in a news release. "We will not call you seeking payment. A good rule of thumb is to only provide personal information when you make the phone call to a known business or organization."

Related Topics: CROW WING COUNTY
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