FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Claim: Victim has warrants
This is a new run on an old scam, and one that we have seen recently. The caller says he is Deputy Aaron Davis with the Craighead County Sheriff's Department Warrant Apprehension Division, and the victim has an outstanding warrant. In one case, the caller stated the warrant had not even been printed yet.
The scam continues as usual, with "go to Walmart and get two Visa gift cards, one for $500, and one for $400. Bring them to the Sheriff's Office and put them on the kiosk..."
The number they leave on the voicemail has its own voicemail, and it is set up a lot like our recording. That's where the similarities between these shysters and the Sheriff's Office end.
- There is no Warrant Apprehension Division, and it's Lt. Aaron Davis.
- We will not call you to notify you of an outstanding warrant.
- We will not ask for you to go to Walmart (or Walgreens, CVS, Dollar General, or Kroger...) to purchase gift cards of any kind to pay your fees and fines.
- Always check the Whitepages, or the Craighead County Sheriff's Office website, for the correct phone number to call to speak to one of our deputies if you even suspect a call may be fraudulent.
- Inform your aging friends and family of these scams to help protect them. They are most likely to fall prey to confidence scams, because they were raised not to question authority.
If you ever have any questions or concerns about the nature of phone calls you receive, do not hesitate to call the Sheriff's Office. We are here to help, to serve, and protect. We can be reached at 870-933-4551, or you can send us a message on Facebook.