SCAM ALERT: Sheriff’s Office receiving an increase in reports of phone scammers claiming to be from law enforcement

WCSO logoThe Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is receiving more calls from the public this week about a phone scam in which the scammers pose as officials from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office to fraudulently obtain money or information from innocent victims.

In the most recent reports, a man identifying himself as a “Sergeant Larry Clark from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office” tells the person that they are in some sort of arrears with the legal system, such as an outstanding warrant for failure to appear for jury duty. The caller then demands payment to adjudicate the situation.

Typically with these types of scams, the scammer provides instruction that the payment should be submitted through an “eGift” cash card, pre-paid credit card, or similar payment to a specified account or name given by the caller.

These scam artists use pre-paid phones and many times are not even in the jurisdiction where the crime occurred, making their apprehension difficult.

Although the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office will sometimes make calls to inform someone about a warrant, the Office will not ask for payment over the phone or negotiate for payment in lieu of arrest. Anyone with questions about a warrant may call the courts and local law enforcement agencies.

Anyone who has suffered a loss as a result of this scam is encouraged to contact the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office at (775) 328-3001 (option 7), file a report online at, or contact their local law enforcement agency.

Bob Harmon

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office PIO
911 Parr Blvd. Reno, NV 89512
Tel: 775-785-6235  Cell: 775-772-5517