Davenport resident nearly falls victim to phony warrant scam

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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.

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