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Community Outreach - Scam Information

Internet, phone, email, and mail scams are among the various scam techniques that operatives use to take your resources. Review this page to learn more about common scam techniques, and how to avoid them.

For a complete list of the most current and common scam, you can visit the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer information website at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts.

Warrant Scam

We have received several complaints from citizens who have received a call from someone claiming to be a Thurston County Sheriff's Office Deputy. Scammers have spoofed the Sheriff's office phone number and claim that you have an outstanding warrant, making threats that unless they receive payment the citizen will be arrested.

THIS IS A SCAM! PLEASE DO NOT GIVE THESE SCAMMERS ANY MONEY, IN ANY FORM, and DO NOT volunteer any of your personal information over the phone. Please just hang-up, call the agency they claim to be from back. This is not how our agency handles warrants. We won't call you ahead of time and we will never demand direct payment from you to resolve your warrant.

If you have a direct concern about this ongoing telephone scan, or if you have given any form of money or gift cards as a result of this warrant scam, please call the non-emergency dispatch at 360-704-2740 to speak to a deputy on duty.

Fraudulent Websites and Email Solicitations

One particularly disturbing trend involves an increase in fraudulent websites or bulk email solicitations. They contain links to phony phisher websites that ask recipients to reveal sensitive information such as bank account, social security, or personal identification numbers. They look and feel of the email or the fake site so closely mimics the websites of legitimate, reputable companies such as: eBay, Citibank, Washington Mutual, KeyBank, Microsoft, Apple, or Amazon. DO NOT fall for these phony email requests. You will notice that they sometimes even go to the extent of putting the "secure site" logo on their pages. They want you to click on the links they provide within this email.

Gift Card Scam

Scammers have now figured out a way to rob you of your gift card balance. If you buy gift cards from a display rack that is within reach of the general public, you could become a victim of theft. Scammers are jotting down the card numbers, waiting a few days, then calling the 800 number to check how much of a balance is left. Here are some steps you can take to prevent this from happening to your gift cards:

  • The safer choice when selecting a gift card it to purchase one that is kept behind a customer service counter.
  • Purchase gift cards with a "scratch off" on the back that covers the ID number.
  • Always keep your receipt, because most retailers will replace your card if it has been lost or stolen.