Jul 30, 2014 8:42 PM by Marissa Esquivel

Beware of phone scam

PRECOTT - According to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, there have been suspects impersonating court officers with phone calls as part of a scam.

On Monday, a victim received a call from a "process server." The caller asked her to confirm her address because two arrest warrants had been issued for failing to appear on a federal jury notice.

The suspect identified a Prescott Superior Court judge as the one who issued the warrants.

They then demanded her to pay a $1,000 bond immediately.

According to YCSO, the victim questioned the authenticity of the call, did not comply, and verified with the local court that the call was a scam.

Another example included a victim receiving a call on her cell phone while she was at work in Prescott.

The caller told her a warrant had been issued in her name and demanded payment. The victim refused and hung up. A number with a 200 prefix has been noted in several of these cases.

As part of the scam, suspects demand payment by pre-paid debit card or suggest the bail money be wired to a specified location. In other versions of the scam, the suspects attempt to get personal information to use for identity theft.

YCSO has contacted the appropriate cell phone company regarding the number provided yesterday and it has been disconnected. Many times suspects will use pre-paid cells phones which are difficult to trace.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's office reminds you that law enforcement agencies and court officials will never call to solicit payment on a warrant in this manner.

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