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Posted on: November 2, 2022

Scam Alert: Fake Warnings About Arrest Warrants

graphic of cell phone with text on screen that says "scam alert"

 Your local police department will not text, call or email you with a warning about an arrest warrant.  Never.  Ever.

 If you are ever contacted with a "warning" about an arrest warrant - it is a scam.  Don't engage.

This scam is just another variation of a very old trick:  Trying to scare people into handing over personal information or their hard-earned money.  Don't fall for it.  

Scary text, email, or message? Take a time out.  

Pause. Breathe. Doubt. Delete.

These days, sophisticated scammers can make it look like a call is really coming from a local police department, or your bank, or any company or government agency in the world.  Don't let them frighten you into making bad decisions.  

So, what should you do?  Unless you are expecting some communication with an officer, detective or staffer at your local law enforcement agency - don't engage. 

Even If you think it might be legitimate, it's still okay to ignore the call.  Simply go online, look up the non-emergency phone number for your local agency or financial institution and give them a call.  If you live in Bothell, you can call the Bothell Police non-emergency number: 425.486.1254.  

Your best defense against fraud and phone scams is awareness. 

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