BOUNTIFUL (ABC 4 News) - Perpetrators have started using yet another tactic in their neverending quest to con Utah residents out of their hard-earned money. This time, the fear of being arrested and sent to jail is the primary motivator, officials said.
Detectives from the Davis County Sheriff's Office said they have been recently contacted by three people who claimed to be from an investigation company. The perpetrators would then tell a potential victim that there is an outstanding warrant for their arrest, and they would go to jail if they didn't send money.
Officials said the scammers claimed to be from an agency collecting on bad checks -- which the victim had already taken care of. It is unclear how the perpetrators obtained the personal information of their potential victims.
According to authorities, multiple perpetrators are involved in this scam. In fact, the Davis County Sheriff's Office said it has received three phone calls recently from scammers using the warrant tactic to extort money. When officers informed the scammer that they were actually talking to a law enforcement officer, the person said they had the wrong number and hung up the phone.
The Davis County Sheriff's Office wants to remind residents that it never takes money over the telephone, and that all warrants are handled in person.