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Scam alert: Real law enforcement won’t demand phone payment for warrants, civil papers

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Officials with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office are warning area residents of an old scam they say seems to be making the rounds again. Sheriff Ken McGovern and DA Charles Branson warned residents what to watch out for in an announcement shared this week on the sheriff’s office's social media accounts.

“We're seeing a recent increase again in scammers calling Douglas County residents and impersonating law enforcement over the phone. Don't fall for it,” the announcement says. “Please know we will never call you saying you have a warrant or civil papers and then try to get payment from you over the phone.”

If you do receive such a call, just hang up, and don’t call back if they leave a message. Do not provide any financial, bank or credit card information. Do not go to the store, buy a prepaid card and give the caller information from it.

“If you do, your money will be gone and it is almost impossible to get it back,” the announcement says.

Residents unsure of whether a call is a scam can call the sheriff’s office at 843-0250 or the DA’s office's Consumer Protection Unit at 330-2849.

— I’m the Journal-World’s public safety reporter. Reach me by email at sshepherd@ljworld.com or by phone at 785-832-7187. I’m also on Twitter, @saramarieshep.

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