SCAM ALERT: False arrest warrants circulating in Iron County

IRON COUNTY — The Iron County Sheriff’s Office released a warning Thursday regarding an email scam that is circulating throughout the county.

According to a press release from the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, the fraudulent email states the recipient has an outstanding arrest warrant for a “non-paid loan and check fraud.”

An example of a fake arrest warrant | Photo courtesy of the Iron County Sheriff's Office
An example of a fake arrest warrant | Photo courtesy of the Iron County Sheriff’s Office

“Although (the email) may appear to be from a legitimate source, this is not the way the government will contact a person in regards to an arrest warrant,” the press release said.

Anyone receiving an email with an arrest warrant attached is encouraged to inspect the information for inconsistencies, the release said.

Inconsistencies found in these emails can include information about an attorney from another state or a phone number that is invalid or goes to a Magic Jack phone number or other non-government entity, the release said. Another indication of fraud is that the recipient does not have outstanding debt as stated in the email or that items on the warrant appear to have been copied. These are all clues that an email is a scam and a scare tactic to get money from unsuspecting victims.

Community members who receive this email are encouraged to disregard it and not contact the phone number listed.

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1 Comment

  • My Evil Twin November 15, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I would think that folks receiving this should NOT ignore it, but should report it to the local cops. It may drive the locals a bit nuts, but ignoring it isn’t the answer.

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