Hennepin County Sheriff's Office warns of phone scams

Hennepin County Sheriff's Office warns of phone scams Photo: KSTP

January 11, 2019 02:12 PM

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is warning residents to be on the lookout for telephone scams in which individuals pose as representatives of local law enforcement agencies.

A release said the callers tell recipients that there is a warrant out for their arrest because they missed jury duty or have unpaid court fees or fines. The scammers then tell residents they will be arrested unless they pay a fine at the government office in Minneapolis.

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The release states the sheriff's department and other law enforcement agencies will never contact individuals by phone or email to ask for any kind of payment. Those who receive such a call are advised not to provide any personal information.

Rather, they are asked to record the caller's number, save any voicemails that may have been left, and contact their local law enforcement agency or 911.

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