Who is Sgt. Flowers? Authorities warn of scams

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ST. GEORGE —Many scams are in play and Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public how to avoid becoming a victim of them. Whether you live within the scope of Mohave County or not, the warnings apply to variations of scam attempts that are promulgated under a variety of disguises. Wherever you are located, if you suspect fraud, call your local law enforcement.

Jury Duty

Several residents of Kingman, Arizona, have reported receiving a telephone call from a Sgt. Nathan Flowers from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Flowers informs them that they have an arrest warrant for failure to show up for jury duty service.

The Sheriff’s Office does not conduct business by calling people with outstanding warrants and would like to remind people not to share personal information over the phone or the internet. Often scammers are fishing for personal information to gain access into your financial accounts.

If you suspect fraud, in Mohave County, call the Sheriff’s Office at 928-753-0753.

Green dot card purchases

Also, be cautious about scammers urging people to purchase green dot cards. This is another method scammers utilize to deceive you and get your money.

IRS calls on taxes owed

Beware if someone calls stating they are calling from the IRS and you owe back taxes. You are further told that you must pay now using a credit card, a green dot card, a wire transfer or even a cashier’s check. According to the IRS website, this scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every state in the country.

Warrant calls

Many people have been contacted by someone claiming to be a lieutenant with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George Police Department recently warned in a statement. 

The people called were told they have an outstanding warrant for their arrest and need to pay a fine. They were asked to obtain a prepaid Visa card and provide the card number over the telephone to make payment on the warrant.

In Washington County, anyone receiving a call from someone claiming they have an outstanding warrant should provide no information and telephone the Washington County Justice Court at 435-986-3382 to confirm whether there, is in, fact an outstanding warrant.

Similar warrant calls were reported in Iron County in February. Visit the report linked here for details. In Iron County, if you suspect fraud you can call the Iron County Sheriff’s Officeat 435-867-7500 or police dispatch at 435-867-7550.

Other scams 

To see other types of scams the the Washington County Sheriff’s Office has warned of, visit the report linked here published May 16.

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