More scam alerts from Edmonds police, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office

In addition to the recent U.S. Treasury scam that Chris Fleck alerted us to earlier this week, the following other scams have come to our attention:

The Edmonds Police Department reports that on Nov. 17 at 2:30 p.m., a 77-year-old Edmonds resident contacted police to report that she had been swindled out of $3,000. A person impersonating an Edmonds police officer called the victim on her cell phone, telling her that her nephew was in jail and that she needed to pay $3,000 to get him outl. The suspect told the victim to purchase a Green Dot card, then give him the card information so that he could access the money she had put on it. When the suspect called back to try to get the victim to go purchase another Green Dot card to pay for “legal fees,, the victim called the police.

The Edmonds Police Department encourages those who receive calls like this to talk to other family members, friends or their police department to verify any information before sending any money.

From the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office comes word that several area residents have reported receiving a phone call from someone claiming to be a Sheriff’s Office deputy with a warrant for their arrest. The caller said that the victim would need to pay over the phone to have the warrant “lifted” or a deputy would come to their house to arrest them.

“First of all, no county employee, including those in law enforcement, will call you to request payment over the phone for anything. Anyone who does should be reported to the police immediately,” said Sheriff Ty Trenary. “Second, a Sheriff’s Office deputy would never call someone with a warrant to warn them that we were on our way to arrest them.”

If you wish to verify that you have an outstanding warrant in Snohomish County, you can review a current list online of all outstanding District Court misdemeanor and Superior Court felony warrants.

Sheriff’s Office reception staff said they received five similar reports, and in most cases, victims said it was the Sheriff’s Office reception phone number (425-388-3393) that showed up on their caller ID screen.

Anyone who believes they may be a victim of fraud should call 911.

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