Outagamie County Sheriff's Office warns of phone scam

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OUTAGAMIE COUNTY (WLUK) -- If you receive a call from the Outagamie County Sheriff's Office demanding money cards, it is a scam.

Deputies say they've taken several reports of residents getting calls from people claiming to be from the sheriff's office and stating there is a warrant out for their arrest.

The caller typically indicates it is a federal or jury duty warrant. In some cases, the callers identify themselves as "Lieutenant Mitchell," "Officer Mitchell" and "Miss Franklin."

The end goal for the caller is to get the resident to purchase "Money Pak" cards from local retailers and get the victim to give them the numbers on the card, ultimately taking whatever amount of money that was placed on the card.

The caller also tells the victim if they contact police about the matter, they will be immediately arrested.

In some cases the caller will tell the victim to go to the sheriff's office to pay their debts with the card at a "kiosk", but only after the numbers on the card are given to the scammer.

The Outagamie County Sheriff's Office assures residents they do not contact citizens over the phone and demand payments. All sheriff's office business is dealt with in-person.

If you receive a phone call from the Outagamie County Sheriff's Office saying you have an outstanding warrant, treat the call as suspicious and do not give any personal or financial information.

You can also report the incident to Sergeant Mike Fitzpatrick at the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office at (920) 832-5279.

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