Scammers are calling area residents, and stating they are officers from Wayne County Sheriff’s Office who need to collect money that is owed on a warrant. This is a phone scam to extort money.
The scamming caller is impersonating as a WCSO deputy sheriff or another law enforcement agency. They tell residents there is a warrant out for their arrest for not appearing for jury duty or a court proceeding. The caller tells the victims they need to pay a fine to avoid arrest, and that they need to pay through a specific online system.
The number that appears on caller ID could actually be for WCSO or another police agency phone. This is called phishing, or the fraudulent practice of calls and/or emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers, and extort payments.
Law enforcement will never call residents, nor require them to pay online for a warrant against them. Never agree to meet someone at an address that is not a law enforcement agency office, station or municipal court.
Disregard any call from someone demanding cash payment. If law enforcement does have a warrant for someone, officers will personally visit them.
Do not give out personal identifying information over the phone, unless sure of who they are.