DATE & TIME: 03-18-2021 @ 1:31 pm
LOCATION: Rural Beatrice
OFFENSE: Warrant Scam
CASE #: 2021-0992
A resident of rural Beatrice contacted the sheriff’s office regarding she and her husband receiving a threatening phone call. She states the suspect left a message that they needed to contact them and provide a signature, otherwise a warrant would be issued for their arrest and the media would become involved. The victim suspected it was a scam, but was worried and contacted the Gage County Sheriff’s Office instead of the suspects. An investigator for the sheriff’s office confirmed there were no warrants for the arrest of her husband or her and that the call was, indeed, a scam.
The victim did not lose any money and the suspects did not use her name or have any of her information, but wanted her to contact them. This is the modus operandi “M.O.” of a “phishing” scam. The victim provides enough information for the suspect to commit identity theft or the victim is deceived into believing they are paying off a fine, judgment, or other type of mulct.
The Gage County Sheriff’s Office cautions residents about the prevalence of scams of all types. Do not submit to intimidation, blackmail, demands for secrecy, or immediate payment, especially in non-standard business manners, such as purchasing a gift card and providing the redemption information to the suspect. Contact your local police department or call the Gage County Sheriff’s Office and ask to speak with an investigator.
Sheriff Millard “Gus” Gustafson #903
Investigator T. Hanson #90310