Washington County Sheriff's Office warns residents to be wary of phone scam

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- If you got a call from someone claiming they work for the Washington County Sheriff's Office, you're not alone.

Washington County officials are warning residents across southeast Wisconsin of a potential phone scam claiming that you have a civil case open against you or there's an active warrant out for your arrest.

The scammers are identifying themselves as actual officers and using the names from their office's directory. Some of the callers have asked residents to purchase gift cards as well. 

In a press release, Washington County officials say that they rarely make phone calls regarding these issues or advise people to go buy gift cards.

If you do receive a call from someone claiming to be an officer, you're encouraged to call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (262)335-4478.

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