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Weld County Sheriff’s Office warns public about police impersonation scam

Posted on 06/29/2020

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about a scam involving at least two men impersonating police.

On Saturday, deputies spoke with a Weld County resident who reported his daughter received a phone call from someone claiming to be “Deputy Walker” with badge number 1362 with the Weld County Sheriff’s Office. The impersonator told the daughter she had an active warrant for her arrest.

The impersonator offered to cancel the warrant if the daughter paid him $600 in gift cards. The impersonator insisted they remain on the phone together while she went out to make the purchase, which would have to be approved by “Sgt. Hanes” with the finance department.

Fortunately, the woman’s father, a former law enforcement officer, recognized the call was a scam and informed the Weld County Sheriff’s Office two men are posing as deputies.

The callers offer several warning signs they are scammers. First off, the sheriff’s office doesn’t have its own finance department to process warrants, particularly those paid with gift cards.  Weld County Sheriff’s Office badge numbers don’t number into the thousands. Most notably, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office would never cancel an arrest warrant in exchange for gift cards.

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 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.