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Crow Wing County sheriff warns of phone scam

Scammers may pretend to be local law enforcement, using names they have found for actual law enforcement members

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BRAINERD — The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office warns the public to be aware of a scam they've seen before, which has been used again in recent days.

The sheriff’s office has received reports of community members getting calls from individuals claiming to be deputies or investigators with local law enforcement, using the names of both current and retired employees.

The scammer will tell potential victims they have a warrant or missed a court date and owe bail or fine money. The scammer will explain how to purchase gift cards or iTunes cards to be accepted as payment.

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Scams using legitimate law enforcement agencies and real phone numbers are not new, and, unfortunately, are still being used across the country. The sheriff’s office and other law enforcement agencies do not call community members seeking payment for anything.

Anyone who receives such a call should call the nonemergency line at the sheriff’s office at 218-829-4749.

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