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The original item was published from 8/7/2023 2:33:55 PM to 8/22/2023 12:00:03 AM.

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Posted on: August 7, 2023

[ARCHIVED] SCAMS Claiming to be Law Enforcement Continue

SCAMS Claiming to be Law Enforcement Continue

We Will NOT Call & Demand Money for ANY Reason 


The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office continues to receive reports of scammers trying to intimidate, trick, and threaten potential victims into giving up their money as payment for several claimed crimes/reasons or demanding personal or banking information/identification, which leaves them vulnerable to ID Theft and a range of associated crimes or financial loss.

We have attached a voice recording of one SCAM originating or using the phone number 509-934-2797.  The number goes to a phone tree claiming to be the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.  The names used are Officer James Watson and Lieutenant Kevin Baxter, who neither work for nor are associated with the Sheriff’s Office.       

This is a scam and is NOT a Sheriff’s Office number!  They are attempting to use fear and intimidation to cause panic, hoping you make a mistake and don’t realize it is a scam.   

If you receive one of these threatening calls REGARDLESS of the reason, hang up and call Crime Check at 509-456-2233 or call the agency the criminal imposter claims to be representing, but use a phone number you’ve looked up and verified.  DO NOT call them back at the phone numbers they provide.  

You can also report SCAMS and find other resources on the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (https://www.cisa.gov/be-cyber-smart/report-incident) or the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) webpage (https://www.ic3.gov/). 

Don’t LOSE your money!  STOP, THINK, and VERIFY!  Law Enforcement, Courts, or any reputable business will NEVER call, threaten and demand immediate payment using specific unrecoverable transaction methods.  

Link to SCAM Recording on our Facebook Page:    https://fb.watch/mh6Zrcw5Ya/ 

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