SCAM ALERT: Victims called by fake deputies threatening arrest

If you get a call from the Randolph County Sheriff’s office saying you have an active warrant out for your arrest, Sheriff Mark Nichols says, don’t panic. It’s actually a scam going around the area.

Victims reported the caller claiming to be law enforcement and saying the only way to prevent an arrest is to send money or gift cards.

The sheriff says personal contact will always be made for a warrant, never a phone call.


Sheriff Mark Nichols reports that individuals are calling area citizens advising them that they are with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and that there is an active arrest warrant for them. The victim is than told that to keep from being arrested to send money or gift cards.

This is a SCAM. Law enforcement will not contact you by phone to inform you of an active arrest warrant, personal contact will be made.

Sheriff Nichols asks citizens to be vigilant if contacted. Do not give personal information such as dates of birth, social security numbers, credit card or bank account numbers. Sheriff Nichols adds, NOT to send any form of payment. Due to the scammers being located in other states or countries, it is all but impossible to retrieve the funds.

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