Weld County Sheriff’s Office Warns of Two Scams Going Around
The Weld County Sheriff's Office is warning residents not to fall for two telephone scams that have been reported recently.
One of the scams that's been circulating around the community is a call from Deputy James Marshall, who claims to work for the Weld County Sheriff’s Office and provides badge number 7311. The caller states that there is a warrant out for the citizen’s arrest and then tries to get you to go to a Rite Aid Pharmacy store and purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak and provide the card number over the phone. The Weld County Sheriff’s Office does not have anyone employed by the name of James Marshall nor badge number 7311. The number he is calling from is 970-364-6616.
The second scam is described as community members receiving a call from a Deputy Antonio Perez claiming to work for Weld County Sheriff’s Office. The number he is calling from is 970-414-7178 and he states you missed jury duty and have a warrant out for your arrest. The caller tries to get you to buy a pre-paid credit card and give the card number over the phone. The Weld County Sheriff’s Office does not have anyone employed by the name of Antonio Perez.
It's important to know that the Weld County Sheriff’s Office will never try to resolve an arrest warrant over the phone and will also never accept payment in the form gift cards, pre-paid credit cards or any other type of credit through any store. Scammers may ask you to retrieve one of these items and give them the card number over the phone. If this does happen to you, be sure to ask for the individual’s name, phone number and badge number; hang up and immediately call (970) 356-4015, option 1. Do not give any money to these individuals.
Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at 970-356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 from Crime Stoppers.