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Barton County Sheriff Warns of Telephone Scams

Scam AlertIn the past few weeks, the Barton County Sheriff's Office and the Barton County Clerk of the District Court have received several phone calls from individuals who have been told they have an outstanding warrant, they are required to show up for jury duty or they need to post bond for somebody. These are all phone scams according to Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir.

The victim will be instructed to send a money order to a location only later to discover no such warrant or fine existed.

Recently the Sheriff's Office investigated the case in which an individual in Barton County lost approximately $4,000 through a scam that claimed a relative was in jail out-of-state. They have also had one case where the caller identified themselves as a Sheriff's Officer asking for bond money.

Sheriff Bellendir...

Before you post any bond, pay any fine or send any money to what you believe is a governmental agency, tell the caller you will call them back. Then look up the number of the agency they claim they are from on the Internet or from information. Call them back yourself to determine if this is a legitimate business.

In the past, they have seen calls from numerous scammers claiming to be from federal agencies such as the DEA or FBI as well as state and local agencies such as local Sheriff's Office, and in this case the Clerk of the District Court.

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