FARMINGTON -- If Davis County sheriff's deputies or any law enforcement officers are going to serve a warrant, it will be with a personal visit, not over the phone, officials say.
This week residents have called the sheriff's office asking why an "investigating agency" would want a personal check or debit card information so a warrant would not be issued, said Davis County Sheriff's Sgt. Susan Poulsen.
It is all part of a new scam, officials said.
"If we're going to issue a warrant or arrest someone, we don't ask for money over the phone. We visit them in person," Poulsen said.
The scammers are posing as "an investigating agency, like a debt collection agency from Davis County and sounding like they are associated with the county or the sheriff's office," she said.
There is no such office, Poulsen said.
Poulsen said her office has learned of three cases in which people have been contacted by phone and told there was a warrant out for their arrest, or one would be issued unless they sent money either with their debit card or through Western Union.
"These people are using heavy-handed tactics to get money," Poulsen said.
Poulsen said deputies investigating the cases contacted "the scammers and were given information that the company was a processing group that was collecting on a bad check."
In all three cases, the scammers had personal information about the three people concerning bad checks that had been written and taken care of a long time ago, Poulsen said.
The scammers told the deputy they would send a packet to the Attorney General's Office and warrants would be issued if they did not receive some money, Poulsen said.
When the scammers were told they were actually speaking to a deputy, the scammers said it was a wrong number and hung up, Poulsen said.
"We don't want your Western Union check or your debit card, unless you respond to our agency to pay in person, not over the phone," Poulsen said.
Poulsen said to always contact the sheriff's office before sending money to anyone posing as a representative of law enforcement agency.