Alert: Sheriff's Office Warns Against Bond Scam

(Gillette, Wyo.) Monday afternoon a 71 year old man reported to the Campbell County Sheriff that someone had called him, telling him he needed to pay a bond on an outstanding warrant. The man had no reason to think he had a warrant, yet he bought a $1976 pre-paid credit card anyway. He called the scammers back, still thinking they were legitimate, and read the card numbers over the phone to them. They told him to expect a call back, and when he never heard from them again, he reported it to the Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's deputies attempted to call the number which had a 307 area code. The voicemail on the line identified themselves as the Campbell County Sheriff's Office, and to hang up and call 911 if there was an emergency. There was no option given to actually leave a voicemail. CCSO Captain Eric Seeman says this is one of several bond scam phone calls lately. Previous attempts claimed to be from the "Gillette Sheriff's Office," but it appears scammers have gotten wiser and more accurate. Deputies contacted Wal-Mart, Albertson's, Smith's, and other businesses that may have customers attempting to obtain ways to pay on phony bond requests. They hope to stop these scammers from receiving any money from scared residents. Deupities will also be talking to the Senior Center on Wednesday about this topic. The Campbell County Sheriff's office will never call you asking you to pay a bond. A bond usually comes with an outstanding warrant, for which they'd arrest you, but they wouldn't call ahead of time for that. If you get one of these calls, hang up, and report it to the Sheriff's Office, 307-682-7271, especially if you don't have reason to believe you have a warrant out in your name. #county17 #news