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Sheriff Warns of Scam That Seeks Gift Card Purchase to Erase Warrants

Fraud is allegedly using name of former warrant officer

March 9, 2014, 1:00 pm
By Justin Horwath

Got a active warrant out for your arrest? Need to buy someone a present? 

Yes, it's too good to be true. 

The Santa Fe County Sheriff is warning area residents about a scam artist posing as a former warrant agent.

Deputies say the unknown person is calling individuals and asking them to provide credit card information in exchange for a gift card and, of course, a lifting of the pending warrant.

If only criminal defense were that easy. 

Santa Fe County Sheriff Robert Garcia tells SFR that the caller is using the name of an employee who now works in patrol. Apparently, the agent was particularly skilled at tracking down people with outstanding warrants, says Garcia, and that "someone is probably trying to mess with him."

Garcia says no one has fallen victim to the scam yet. But police say they've been getting reports of the calls from emergency dispatch. Police ask the public to call the non-emergency dispatch line if they receive a call of this nature. The non-emergency dispatch number is 505-428-3720.

Garcia says he hopes no one falls victim to the scam because it's not going to prevent people with active warrants from being arrested.


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