VPD warns against phone scam related to fake outstanding warrants

The Victoria Police Department is warning Victorians to be on the lookout for a phone scam related to fake outstanding warrants.

The department says scammers posing as local law enforcement or federal office workers are claiming the victim has an outstanding warrant for their arrest.

The scammer will then ask for a gift card or pre-paid debit card as payment for the outstanding warrant.

Officer John Turner of the VPD Crime Prevention unit says this is the most obvious sign the caller is attempting to scam you.

“Google play cards, pre-paid money cards, things of that nature. And, that’s the red flag, that’s the dead giveaway that this is a scam. A government organization is not going to call you out of the blue, tell you you have a warrant and then expect you to pay over the phone with these type of cards,” said Officer John Turner, VPD Crime Prevention.

VPD made a Facebook post providing some helpful information for how to remain vigilant against these phone scams. The IRS has a lot of information about scams involving the impersonation of IRS officials which can be located on their website.

If you’re concerned that you may have an outstanding warrant through the Victoria Municipal Court you may visit them at 107 W. Juan Linn or by going to their website.

VPD warns against phone scam related to fake outstanding warrants