Phone scams on the rise again in Cache Valley

LOGAN — The Cache County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents of a phone scam that is resurfacing again in the area.

Lt. Mike Peterson said at least four residents reported receiving a call this week from someone claiming to work for the sheriff’s office.

“The individual either introduces himself as a sergeant or a deputy with the sheriff’s office,” said Peterson. “He then tells them that somebody in the household has missed jury duty and the judge has issued a warrant. If they would wire a certain amount of money to them then they will not come and make an arrest.”

Similar type calls have been reported over the past year and appear to be increasing again.

Peterson said the calls appear to be coming from a local number.

“The phone calls are coming from an area-code 435 and then a prefix 201,” said Peterson. “So if anybody gets phone calls with that area-code and those first three numbers in the prefix that is definitely not us.”

Investigators have a couple phone numbers that residents have reported receiving calls from.

Peterson said even though caller-id’s show the calls are from this area, investigators are finding the phone numbers are hard to track.

“The only problem is preliminarily when we try to run those records it’s a phone that is routed through an Internet service,” said Peterson. “They are really, really hard to track down.”

The sheriff’s office reminds residents they do not track people down for jury duty and would never ask people to wire money to them. Anyone who receives a call like this is asked to get as much information about the call and report it to law enforcement.

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