The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of an ongoing telephone scam that attempts to collect money for bogus warrants.
Dozens of victims have reported the scam to the sheriff’s office in the last several weeks. The victims all report the same nature of the call: a person falsely identifies themselves as a member of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office, telling the victim that there is an outstanding warrant for their arrest. In order to clear the warrant, the victim is told to deposit money into a Pay Pal account.
The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office does not contact people by phone regarding outstanding warrants. Anyone who has a warrant for their arrest will be told in person by a uniformed deputy.
One of the victims provided a phone number to the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office, and Sheriff Todd Garrison called and was able to speak to an unidentified man.
“I asked for Sgt. Cunningham,” Garrison said, “and he told me he was Sgt. Cunningham. I asked him who he worked for, and he told me that he worked for the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office and ran the warrants office. I asked him for the name of the secretary there. He informed me he would not give out that information. I told him, ‘This is Sheriff Todd Garrison, and I’m not aware of any Sgt. Cunningham working for me.’ After a brief exchange, he hung up on me.”
Sheriff Garrison said the number he called was (575) 202-0729, and an investigation is underway to track the number, but the scammers frequently use pre-paid cell phones that can be easily discarded.
Garrison said anyone who is contacted by phone regarding an outstanding warrant should immediately report the matter in person to the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office main headquarters at 845 N. Motel Boulevard.
Investigators ask that you collect as much information as you can, such as the phone number of the person calling you, and/or the name of the person making contact.
Do not make arrangements to pay out any money, and do not give out any of your personal or banking information, Garrison warned.