Scam alert: Someone is impersonating local sheriff’s office

KWWL has received notification of a scam, circulating in Buchanan County.  According to the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, people in the area have received calls from scammers impersonating the department.

Victims say the caller says they are a Lieutenant with the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office.  The scammer says there is a warrant out for the person’s arrest but, because the person has no criminal history, the "Lieutenant" is able to reduce the bond to $500.

The scammer asks the person to buy a $500 pre-paid card at a local store and then provide the PIN number over the phone to pay for the said-bond.

The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office wants to make it clear that this is a scam, saying:

"The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office does not engage in the practice of contacting individuals with warrants via telephone.  Also, bond money CANNOT be collected via telephone or via pre-paid cards.  If you receive a telephone call of this nature, hang up and call the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office at (319) 334-2568.

The department says at least one person has fallen for this scam. 

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