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Phone scam uses fear of arrest to gain money

Within the past two days, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office received three separate reports of a scam being used in the area. A male calls area residents stating there is a warrant for their arrest and instructs them on how to pay by credit, ...

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A male calls area residents stating there is a warrant for their arrest and instructs them on how to pay by credit, debit or cash card to avoid being arrested.

Within the past two days, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office received three separate reports of a scam being used in the area.

A male calls area residents stating there is a warrant for their arrest and instructs them on how to pay by credit, debit or cash card to avoid being arrested.

"This scam may appear to be realistic, as the caller uses the name of one of our licensed peace officers," the sheriff's office reported in a news release.

Sheriff Todd Dahl advised anyone who receives this type of a call, to simply hang up. The sheriff's office also encouraged anyone aware of an incidents like this to report it to the sheriff's office by calling 218-829-4749.

"These scams can seem very real," Dahl stated in the 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."

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