Published on July 15, 2022
The Weld County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about the return of a common scam where crooks are posing as agency employees and claiming potential victims have an active warrant for their arrest.
Last week, we wrote several residents had reported receiving a call from a scammer posing as Undersheriff Donnie Patch, Civil Unit Sgt. Daniel Chapman or Sgt. Paul Wood, who is retired. In a lot of cases, the scammer left a voicemail asking potential targets to call back to talk about how to take care of their “paper.”
Today, we learned the scammers are now posing as Weld County Jail Capt. Matt Turner and asking for payment to clear a target’s supposed warrant.
We would like to remind the community the sheriff’s office doesn’t call people about active warrants and certainly doesn’t accept payment of any kind to resolve them.
The sheriff’s office would also like to remind the public to never give out personal information to anyone over the phone. If you think you are on the phone with a scammer, hang up and call the business, agency or organization directly to verify the caller’s information.
Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.NoCoCrimeStoppers.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward.