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Prosecutor: Beware of scammers impersonating police

Local law enforcement has been made aware of telephone scams by persons attempting to impersonate state and federal law enforcement agencies. Prosecuting Attorney Dan Turner wants to remind the public to always be on the lookout for scam artists.

“We do not call people to advise that they have outstanding warrants and are required to appear at our department with money.”

— Sheriff Jason Watson

“You should always be vigilant if you receive a telephone call or email from an unknown number,” said Turner. Citizens should be aware that law enforcement agencies do not call or email individuals threatening arrest or demanding money.

According to Turner, “These scammers often spoof caller ID information, and these phone calls are fraudulent even if they appear to be coming from an agency’s legitimate phone number. Recipients should hang up immediately and report the call.”

While these scammers often discourage people from contacting local law enforcement officials, you should always hang up and contact your local law enforcement agencies if you receive a call threatening you with a fine or an alleged warrant.

Sheriff Jason Watson advised, “Anyone who receives a call advising that they have an outstanding warrant should contact the Clark County Sheriff’s Department. We do not call people to advise that they have outstanding warrants and are required to appear at our department with money.”

To avoid becoming a victim of this scam, Turner advises that you should be wary of answering phone calls from numbers you do not recognize. Do not send money to anybody that you do not personally know and trust. Never give out your personal information, including your Social Security number, over the phone or to individuals you do not know.

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