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SCAM ALERT: Henderson PD warns public of 'arrest warrant' scam

SCAM ALERT: Henderson PD warns public of 'arrest warrant' scam (KSNV)

If you get a call from the Henderson Police telling you that you have a warrant for your arrest, it is likely a scam.

The caller asks for a money order or even an iTunes gift card as immediate payment. They threaten to arrest you. It is a scam that is spreading. The caller ID often reads Henderson Police.

“They'll call you on the phone and use high-pressure tactics. Officer Rodrigo Pena tells us. He then goes on to explain what the threat is. “Hey, you have a warrant out for your arrest. If you don't pay someone will come and arrest you’”

It is just one of several scams common during the holiday season.

Callers claiming to be IRS agents are also reported often this time of year.

To stay safe Officer Pena says to take the following steps:

If you are contacted by someone who claims there is a warrant for your arrest or is claiming to collect a debt that you do not owe, you should:

  • Ask the caller for his name, company, street address, and telephone number
  • Tell the caller that you refuse to discuss any debt until you get a written "validation notice."
  • Contact your local law enforcement agencies if you feel you are in immediate danger.
  • Contact the three major credit bureaus and request an alert be put on your file.
  • File a complaint with the police and the FBI at www.IC3.gov.
  • Unless you know who you’re dealing with, never give out or confirm personal financial or other sensitive information like your:
  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Bank account
  • Credit card
  • Social Security number

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