Wausau Driver and Review
The Marathon County Sheriff’s Office wants to inform residents of a phone scam in which residents receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the sheriff’s office. The scammer identifies himself as an employee of and spoofs the phone number he is calling from, so it looks like he is calling from the sheriff’s office.
The caller tells the residents they have a warrant for their arrest, then asks them to go to an ATM to withdraw cash or buy gift cards.
It is important to note that the Marathon County Sheriff‘s Office will not call people on the phone or request payment of fines or forfeitures in the form of ATM cash or gift cards.
If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office or the Marathon County Government, and you believe they are not, we recommend that you ask for the name, the service and the person’s phone number and tell them that you will call them back.
You can check the phone number using the phone book at https://www.co.marathon.wi.us/Government/PhoneDirectory.aspx. Scammers often spoof phone numbers, making it look like they are calling from an official entity. However, if you check the number and call back, it will ring at the correct place instead of the scammer’s phone.