Sheriff: Scammer posing as deputy, demanding money

SEDGWICK, Kan. (KWCH) The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office is warning the community about a phone scam making the rounds again.

Deputies say a scammer has been contacting people identifying themselves as an employee with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office. They will demand immediate payment for unpaid fines or unsatisfied warrants usually related to the false allegation of missing jury duty.

Other victims received phone calls soliciting money donations for the sheriff's office.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office does not collect fines by phone and does not solicit money donations.

The sheriff's office urges everyone not to give out personal information over the phone.

"Scammers prey on people with these official sounding phone calls and make threats of incarceration to make good people feel desperate and concerned. Do not pay someone over the phone with a credit card, debit card, gift card or prepaid debit card unless you initiated the purchase."

If you receive a call and want to verify its legitimacy, contact the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office at (316) 660-3880.