Phone scam alert

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple reports of scammers identifying themselves as Sheriff’s Deputies in an attempt to solicit money. Scammers are using Caller ID Spoofing, which results in the telephone network indicating to the receiver of the call that the call is originating from a legitimate Johnson County Sheriff’s Office number.

The scam involves a person calling and identifying themselves as a deputy or supervisor with the Sheriff’s Office. Scammers have gone so far as to give actual names of active employees. The caller tells the potential victim they have a tax warrant or a warrant for their arrest. The caller then instructs the potential victims to purchase some form of gift card and send it to the caller in order to avoid arrest.

The sheriff’s office procedure for contacting those with warrants does not include a demand for immediate bond payment. Additionally, gift cards or wire transferred money are never accepted as payment for bond. Anyone believing they have been a victim of the scam should contact the Sheriff’s Office or their local police department.

There is a resource for the public to check on outstanding warrants out of Johnson County District Court at

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