KCSO warns of phone scams

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call Monday from a woman who was the victim of a phone scam.

The woman said she received a call from a Deputy Kenneth Cook from KCSO, telling her that there is a warrant for her arrest. Deputy Cook then told her that in order for her to resolve this issue, she must immediately get in the car and call the following number for further instructions: (208) 675-7499. The scammer said that once the victim was on the road, he would tell her what to do next.

Thankfully, the woman did not fall for the scam.

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is reminding people that they will not call you to advise you of a warrant, nor will they instruct you to get into a vehicle and then call another phone number for further instructions.

If you receive a suspicious sounding phone call from someone claiming to be a deputy sheriff, ask for the deputy’s name. If you have caller ID, write down the number the suspect has called you from.

You can then contact the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office at (208) 446-1300 to confirm whether the deputy contacting you is an actual employee or not. If you do have concerns about jury duty, you are asked to call the Kootenai County Jury Commissioner’s Office at 208-446-1767.