SCSO warns of new scam

SCSO warns of new scam

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is warning of a new scam involving a scammer claiming to be from the Spokane Clerk’s Office.

The scammer, who identified himself as ‘John Witter’ from the Spokane Clerk’s Office, claimed there was an arrest warrant for the potential victim’s spouse and that fees needed to be paid to clear his record. The potential victim recognized the call as a scam.

John Witter is the Spokane County Court Administrator and would not call, or ask someone else to call, and threaten or try to intimidate people into paying fees or providing personal banking information.

No government agency or legitimate business will call for this reason. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office says if you do receive a call like this, hang up, and do research on the agency or business yourself.

If you receive a call from someone who states they are or are with your grandchild, cousin, or some other family member and they are hurt, been arrested, or need money for some reason, contact other family members to confirm the story or look up the information yourself and do not call the number the scammer provided you.

You should also never provide social security numbers, passwords, or personal banking information to anyone over the phone.