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Johnson County sheriff warns of phone scam demanding money for outstanding warrants

Updated: 2013-07-25T03:38:36Z

By ROBERT A. CRONKLETON

The Kansas City Star

A swindler is using a number registered to the Johnson County sheriff’s office in an attempt to get bail bond money from potential victims, the sheriff’s office announced Wednesday.

The scam involves a person calling from what appears to be the main, non-emergency dispatch telephone number, said Master Deputy Tom Erickson, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

The swindler tells potential victims they have outstanding warrants, Erickson said.

The caller, who claims to be with the sheriff’s office, then tells potential victims that they risk being arrested if they don’t give the caller money.

“That’s not how we do business,” Erickson said.

The department does contact some people who have outstanding warrants, but there is no demand for an immediate bond payment.

The scam came to light after the department received several calls from concerned citizens.

“We have received three or more phone calls, so this is not something that is one and done,” Erickson said.

The department was not aware of anyone giving money to the caller.

However, the department asks people who might have been victimized to contact the sheriff’s office or their local police departments.

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or send email to bcronkleton@kcstar.com.

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