Buchanan County authorities are warning area residents of the latest telephone scam.


A local resident contacted the Buchanan County Sheriff, reporting that they received a phone call from a person who identified themselves as a Lieutenant in the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office.

The caller told the person that there is an active warrant for their arrest, but because they had no other criminal history, the scammer could get the bond reduced to $500.

The victim was told to go to a local business, buy a pre-paid card in the amount of $500, and give the PIN number to the scammer.

One local resident apparently did comply with the request, and fell victim to the scammer. Other Buchanan County residents have reported getting calls, but not complying.

Again, this is a scam, as the Buchanan County Sheriff, or ANY sheriff, does not contact people with warrants, by telephone. And, bond money cannot be collected by phone or pre-paid cards. Anyone receiving such a call, should hang up, and call local authorities.