Phone scam targets people in the Treasure Valley with fake civil judgement

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    Ada County Sheriff's Office is warning people of a phone scam targeting people in the Treasure Valley.

    If someone has an outstanding civil judgement, missed jury duty or federal warrant, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office says they will never call to arrest you.

    The sheriff's office says scammers are using 208 area code phone numbers and the names of ACSO employees to trick people into sending them money because of missed jury duty or phony civil judgments.

    The scammers pretend to be sergeants from the ACSO and tell people they need to pay a civil judgment.

    They usually tell their victims to go to a store, get a pre-paid credit card such as a Green Dot card, load it up with money, and then call a phone number with the card information.

    Real deputies will never do this, says ACSO.

    "In reality, if one of our deputies had to file a civil judgment, they would try to find you in person and leave cards with call-back numbers on them several times before calling – and that would be to set up a meet so they can serve the judgment," said ACSO. "They will never ask you to wire or transfer money electronically. That is a sure sign of the scam."

    Several Ada County residents reported getting the phone calls over the last month or so.

    The Better Business Bureau is aware of the scam.

    People can protect themselves from becoming victims of identify theft by never giving out any personal information when getting an unsolicited phone call.

    If you have received one of these scam phone calls, contact the Ada County Sheriff’s Office at (208) 377-6790 or the Better Business Bureau for more info.

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