Scammers claim to be King County Sheriff officials | King County

The King County Sheriff’s Office will never ask for payment over the phone.

  • Friday, July 19, 2019 11:55am
  • News

The following is a press release from the King County Sheriff’s Office:

The King County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center in Renton had a couple of unexpected visitors yesterday, July 18 —both people told staff they were sent there by a caller who claimed to be with the Sheriff’s Office.

The scammer claimed the victims had outstanding warrants or had missed a court date and when they did not agree to send money, they were directed to go to the Communications Center and were even provided the address. It appears the scammer even spoofed the non-emergency phone number to bolster their claims. It is unclear as to why the victims were actually sent to a Sheriff’s Office facility but luckily they lost nothing but some of their time.

The King County Sheriff’s Office is not in the business of collecting payment for anything so we will never threaten to arrest someone if they don’t pay. If you are ever contacted and threatened with arrest if you don’t pay, hang up the phone immediately and report the call to your local law enforcement agency.

There are many other scams out there and unfortunately, many target the elderly and other vulnerable people. The KCSO encourages people to have open and repeat conversations with their vulnerable loved ones in an effort to protect them from these fraudulent scams. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@courierherald.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.courierherald.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 500 words or less.

More in News

Dentist checking patient’s teeth. Sound Publishing file photo
Dental foundation serves Medicaid patients through COVID-19

The Arcora Foundation is also attempting to expand its urgent care database, allowing those with different insurances to use its services during the outbreak.

Gov. Jay Inslee during a press conference April 2, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Gov. Inslee’s Facebook page)
Gov. Inslee extends stay-home order to May 4

As in other states, demand for intensive health care due to COVID-19 is expected to peak later in April.

Unemployment claims continue to climb

For the week of March 22-28, claims have reached more than 181,000.

Inslee to state businesses: Pivot to make medical equipment

The governor said Wednesday that the state must become self-reliant in the fight against COVID-19.

A letter from the Black Diamond City Council

City offices are closed, but we are working on a way to hold virtual council meetings.

State legislators discussed COVID-19 impacts during a East King Chambers Coalition webinar on March 31 moderated by Kate Riley of The Seattle Times. Screenshot
State lawmakers discuss COVID-19 impacts with chambers

Four state lawmakers gathered for a webinar with the East King Chambers Coalition.

Fighting the coronavirus, 100 masks at a time

In the early 1930s, Dorothy Lucille used whatever she had on hand… Continue reading

Most Read