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“Outstanding Warrant” Phone Scams

by Brett M. Christensen

Scammers posing as law-enforcement officers are cold-calling people and tricking them into paying over the phone to resolve supposedly outstanding warrants. The scammers warn victims that, if they don’t pay the requested fee, police may come to their home and arrest them.

Often, the scammers will instruct victims to go out and purchase a pre-paid debit card such as Green Dot and then call them back on a specified number.

When victims call back, the scammers ask for the card number and then transfer the pre-paid funds to an offshore account. Once the stolen funds are transferred, they can be difficult to trace.

The scammers are reportedly quite skilled at impersonating police officers and are often able to convince victims that they are legitimate. When victims call back on the number provided, the scammers may identify their “office” as a seemingly legitimate entity such as the ‘County Warrants Department’. This simple ruse may further convince victims that the scammer’s claims are true.

The seeming authority of the scammers can be intimidating to some potential victims. The perceived threat of imminent arrest if they do not comply can cause some victims to panic and pay up as instructed.

This type of scam is certainly nothing new and has been around in various forms for many years.

The scammers are also using variations of the old jury duty phone scam to steal money from victims.

Police will never call you and demand an immediate payment to resolve an outstanding warrant. If you receive such a suspect call, do not give the caller any personal and financial information and do not comply with their instructions.

If in doubt, call your local police to check. Do not use a phone number provider by the caller. Find a number for police in a local phone directory.


Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer