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Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office warns of 'warrant' phone scam resurgence

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YAMHILL COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

A long-running phone scam is seeing a resurgence in Yamhill County.

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday they have been receiving reports of people receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be a supervisor at the sheriff's office.

The caller tells the would-be victim they have a warrant issued for their arrest.

The caller then says a payment via credit card or debit card is required to take care of the "bond." In at least one case, the caller ID of the suspect showed up as 911.

The scam has been around in various forms for years, but deputies said it has again become more frequent as of late.

"About a year ago, we had a similar scam taking place. We again remind folks that at no time will law enforcement or court employees call a citizen and attempt to solicit money over the phone for reason related to the courts" said Sheriff Tim Svenson. "Please remember to never give personal information over the phone."

Deputies said your bank and financial institutions already have information such as your account number, date of birth, and Social Security number. They should never require you to relay it to them. If they do, it is likely a scam as well and should be reported.

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