Omahan Falls Victim To Warrant Scam

An Omaha man received a phone call that would scare anyone -- a scam artist claimed there was an arrest warrant out for the victim.

The victim, whom we are not identifying, told WOWT 6 News he worried that if he ignored the call, it would lead to a knock on his door by law enforcement. He added, "That’s the way I looked at it. Pay or go to jail."

The call came from a Douglas County government number, so the victim bought $5,600 in green dot cards to pay off back taxes, which he later learned he doesn't owe.

The warrant scam victim said, "I feel about it like I’ve been taken for a ride."

The victim provided the green card access codes to a man claiming to be a federal agent. Fact Finders called the con man's bluff.

Mike McKnight spoke to a con man by phone about his alleged supervisor, "Is he a federal agent? Yes sir." Mike asked, "Can you tell me what department he's with." The con man then hung up the phone.

The scam artists cloned a 444 courthouse number; however, the warrants division uses 599 prefixes. Captain Wayne Hudson supervises the Douglas County Sheriff's Warrants Division. He said, "They should know a law enforcement agency typically would never ask for funds to be sent via mail or over the computer."

The victim and his wife are American’s of Indian descent. They believe others in Omaha’s Indian community are being targeted.

The wife of warrant scam victim said, "Online I could see 90 percent of the names were Indian names who are warning each other."

When you get these scam calls, don't panic or pay any money. Call back the number and ask questions. Remember local numbers can be cloned to fool you. The caller is probably in another country.

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