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Watch Out for the New Scam in Wichita

Posted on April 17th, 2013

Wichita is seeing a new and very believable scam. According to Elisabeth Myers, a phone call in which the caller claimed to be a sheriff’s deputy almost had her paying out $300 to avoid arrest.

The caller claimed Myers owed money to a loan company and had her name, address and social security number. In addition, the caller ID even said the call was from the Sedgwick County Jail.

Despite not having any outstanding loans or warrants, Myers said she was on the verge of paying because she was so scared.

“I’m a single mom and so the first thing that popped into my mind was my son and I saw myself behind bars and I didn’t know what he was going to do because he made it sound so real,” Myers said.

Since Myers was at work when the scammer called, her supervisor searched for the number and eventually traced that number to other people calling and complaining about the same scam.

Wichita police stated that they do call about outstanding warrants and will have personal information, but you should never give any personal payment. The phone calls are typically courtesy, not the Wichita PD trying to collect.

Wichita police also noted that if you receive a questionable call, don’t be afraid to ask for a number to call back to make sure they are legitimate.

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