PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: The Spokane County Sheriff's Office administrative office has received several calls over the past 2-3 months regarding phone calls citizens have received.
Citizens have been receiving calls where the caller says they are from the Sheriff's Office, that there is a warrant out for their arrest, that their relative, spouse, etc. may be charged for harboring a wanted person and that if they pay a fee their record will be cleared.
The Sheriff's Office has never and will never make these types of calls. Individuals with warrants can only take care of their warrants by contacting the court in person.
The main issue is that caller ID provides the Sheriff's Office administration number. This is commonly referred to as "Spoofing". Below is a link that explains this scam, what citizens need to do to protect themselves and how to report these types of incidents.
The Sheriff's Office will never contact wanted individuals requesting money to clear a warrant.
According to the local Better Business Bureau office, several other law enforcement agencies across the state have had the same issue with this scam. If you are a victim of this type of scam be sure to report it to Crime Check at 509-456-2233.