Davenport resident nearly falls victim to phony warrant scam

Posted on: 11:57 am, February 13, 2014, by

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Someone posing as a sheriff’s office employee nearly got $400 from an unsuspecting Davenport, Iowa resident.

Police said the victim got a phone call from someone who claimed to be with the sheriff’s office.  The caller told the victim there was a warrant out for her arrest, and that she needed to go to the Dollar General or Kroger store to get a $400 money card, in order to get the warrant dismissed.

When the victim tried to buy the money card at Dollar General, the alert store clerk said it seemed like a scam.  Police said that saved the victim from losing any money.

“The resident did not, in fact, have a warrant,” said a statement from the Scott County Sheriff’s Office.  “Even if the resident did have a warrant, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office wants residents to know that no law enforcement agency would call a person who is wanted to request a money card.”

Fines are actually paid directly to the clerk of the court.

4 comments

  • TIM says:

    If you are that dumb, you deserve to lose $400.

  • Pameele says:

    I can’t believe someone actually fell for that one…

  • Tim says:

    I agree with Tim. Everyone should know that if you have a warrant, police aren’t going to call and tell you that you do, they’re going to bust in your front door and arrest you.

    I also ask, was this victim so stupid to not think ‘Hey, I haven’t committed a crime. Why would I have a warrant?’

  • I would think catching the person would be pretty easy.. They called right? Even from a burner phone this guy is toast.

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