The bogus pay-fine-or-else-if-you-don't-show-up-for-court scam is back according to a prepared statement from the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office.

People representing themselves as sheriff's deputies are calling local citizens and telling them they have a warrant for their arrest because they failed to appear in court for a traffic citation, according to the statement from Sgt. Mike Steinberg.

These individuals have been using retired Circuit Court Judge Huber’s name as the issuing Judge on the warrants. They also are using Sheriff Gus Holbrook’s name as the Deputy making the telephone call.

"Victims are being asked to go purchase a pre-paid green dot card and supply that information to the individuals in order to pay a fine in lieu of being arrested," according to the statement.

A similar scam appeared in August.

Likewise, the sheriff's office is reporting that people representing themselves as Internal Revenue Service employees have contacted citizens attempting to recover back taxes or fines. "Victims in these cases have also been asked to purchase pre-paid green dot cards and supply that information to the callers."

The Natrona County Sheriff’s Office does not solicit money for arrest warrants. And the IRS does not recover back taxes or fines by asking people to purchase pre-paid green dot cards.

Both of these tactics are scams.

The Natrona County Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone to never give your personal information, including your credit card information, to anyone they do not know.

If this has happened to you, please contact the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office at (307) 235-9282


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