Clay County Sheriff’s Office warns of new scam - KCTV5

Clay County Sheriff’s Office warns of new scam

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CLAY COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -

The Clay County Sheriff's Office is warning of a phone scam after getting more than a dozen calls from victims this week. 

In the scam, a man calls your phone from an 816 area code, says his name is David Harper, and says he works for the sheriff’s office's "Warrants and Citations Department." He tells you a fake story about how there is a warrant out for your arrest. Then, he asks for money via cash or prepaid gift cards. 

Clay County does not even have a "Warrants and Citations Department."

The sheriff's office said that they've gotten reports from about 20 people in the past week alone. They all said someone contacted them pretending to be a member of law enforcement. 

Deputies are telling people to be alert. 

"Anytime an agency -- a federal agency or a state agency -- is asking for money, it's a red flag," said Bob Packett, who has been called by scammers before. "I was simply trying to get their number and call the local police."

He is right. John Bazzano, Spokesperson, Clay County Sheriffs Department, said, "Police aren't going to ask you for money over the phone. We're not going to call you and tell you that you missed a court date. We're probably going to show up at your house. If we arrest a family member or someone, we're not going to call you and say that this person is in jail you need to do this."

Bazzano said no one has fallen for the phone scam that he knows of, and he hopes it stays that way. 

He was able to get the suspect's number from a victim, so he called it, but had no luck getting in touch with the suspect.

The authorities say you shouldn’t give out any personal information to anyone you don't know and don't give any money to anyone requesting it by phone. 

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