Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office issues phone scam warning

Posted at 10:51 AM, Mar 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-04 12:51:10-05

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HAMILTON – There’s a new phone scam making the rounds in the Bitterroot.

Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton reports that the caller will identify himself as a Lieutenant or Deputy with the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office and state the Sheriff’s Office has a “Juror Warrant” for the person’s arrest.

The caller will then demand credit card information to pay a fine over the phone before the person is arrested.

Sheriff Holton said in a news release that the RCSO will never call and ask for credit card information for fine payment, as all fines are paid to the originating court.  The Sheriff’s Office will also never call a person and advise them of an arrest warrant.

The Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office is advising residents to never provide credit card information to a phone solicitor and to call the RCSO at (406) 363-3033   to confirm any information they might receive from a phone solicitor.

Sheriff Holton thanked Clerk of District Court Paige Trautwein, for quickly reporting the information the Sheriff’s Office and helping get the information out quickly.