Linn County authorities are warning the public of a phone scam.
The Sheriff’s Office says some residents have been receiving recorded phone messages allegedly coming from their office, stating they have had a warrant issued for their arrest for missing jury duty.
They are told to call the Sheriff’s Office at 319-892-3056 – once they call that number, they receive another automated recorded message purporting to be from the Sheriff’s Office and then are eventually redirected to the voicemail for “Warrant Apprehension Sergeant Bradley Taylor” and are prompted to leave a message. It is assumed that someone will call them back to arrange for providing “bail” in the form of gift cards, money orders or some other monetary instrument.
The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says law enforcement agencies will never call you and ask you to purchase any type of gift card to avoid arrest. Do not call the phone number back that is provided to you in these messages.