ELKO – Law enforcement officials are warning the public about a phone scam in which the caller claims to be from the sheriff’s office and instructs the recipient to purchase iTunes cards in order to avoid arrest for supposedly failing to appear for jury duty.
Elko Police Department received a call Wednesday from a resident who said she had received a call from a person identifying themselves as an Elko County Sheriff’s Office employee. The caller advised the resident that they had a warrant for their arrest for failing to appear for jury duty. The resident was instructed to purchase $3,000 in iTunes cards and told there would be a person at the jail who would meet her to collect the cards.
“The Sheriff’s Office would like the public to know that people are not called by telephone and advised of arrest warrants nor would any warrant be cleared through the use of iTunes cards or any other such payment. All such transactions would be facilitated by the courts and not with individual deputies or employees of the Sheriff’s Office,” stated a media release on Thursday.
“We would also advise citizens to be wary in light of the recent flood event in Elko County that many such scams may be attempted by people representing themselves as employees or representatives of various organizations that provide assistance in these types of events. Typically, legitimate organizations do not solicit funds in this fashion and none would request payment by things such as iTunes cards.”
Anyone who receives this type of solicitation should contact local law enforcement and/or the organization claiming to be represented.
“Do not give your credit card or personal information without first knowing who it is you are supplying the information to,” advised the sheriff’s office.
The Elko County Sheriff’s Office can answer questions about scam phone calls at 738-3421.