New phone scam in Pottawatomie County

POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, Kan. (KSNT) — The Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office wants to make the public aware of a scam in the area that involves someone calling you and saying there is a warrant out for your arrest.

On Thursday, the sheriff’s office received a call from a someone in the rural Manhattan area in Pottawatomie County. That person said he had received a call from the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office that told him he had a out warrant for his arrest.

The victim said that a female-sounding voice identified herself as “Kelly Smith.” She said she was with the sheriff’s office, told him that he had a warrant, and told him to turn himself in at the sheriff’s office by 2 p.m. on Friday.

She then gave him a phone number to contact a legal support agency to find out more information. The legal support agency later said that the victim owed more than $1,500.

The phone number that was provided for the legal support agency is believed to be associated with scams out of New York.

The Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office wants to make the public aware that this is a scam. “The caller was not a deputy with our agency,” a release from the sheriff’s office said. “Rarely does the sheriff’s office make calls to inform citizens when they have a warrant.”

The sheriff’s office urges everyone to avoid providing personal information over the phone to people you don’t know, which includes account numbers.

If you have any information on this scam, or other crimes in Pottawatomie County, please contact 785-457-3353.

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