Minidoka Sheriff's Office warns of scam where caller claims to be police officer

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RUPERT, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The Minidoka County Sheriff’s Office is warning people in the area about a new phone scam.

In the scam, the caller will tell someone they are a deputy with the sheriff’s office, a police officer with the Rupert Police Department or a federal agent. They will they tell the call-taker that there is a warrant, federal citation or a grand jury out for them. That’s when they demand money.

“Scams are pretty common, this is just one of the latest that we’re seeing,” said Rob Cobbley, a lieutenant with the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office has received several reports of this scam in the past few days, but said nobody has handed over money to the callers.

The people calling give specific names and positions with the agencies, but the names they give aren’t real people.

Cobbley said if anybody has any questions they can call the sheriff’s office. He also said nobody with those agencies would be calling to inform you of a warrant or demanding money like that. The sheriff’s office wants people to be careful and wary of giving out personal information over the phone.

“Be vigiliant,” Cobbley said.

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