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ELKO – The Elko Police Department is encouraging people to be on the lookout for a string of scam phone calls.

According to Sgt. Anthony Mathews the calls are coming from the Alaskan area code of 907 with the caller claiming to represent the police department and warning the call recipient that they have outstanding warrants.

The scammers then threaten the people they call by saying they will be arrested on those warrants unless they pay some kind of fee.

There have only been three such calls reported to police so far but Mathews said it is important to know that no representative from the department would make a phone call like that to make a warrant arrest.

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“We don’t operate like that,” he said. “If I know someone has some warrants I’ll try to make contact with them at their residence and that’s only when we’re actively looking for them. A lot of time when people get arrested on warrants we just run into to them during traffic stops or other contact.”

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