The Weld County Sheriff's Office is warning the public about a police impersonation scam that resurfaced last week.

Back in November, a suspect was calling Weld County residents claiming to be Sgt. Pete Jones. The scammer told people that they had active warrants for their arrest, which would be cancelled if the scammer was paid in gift cards.

Last week, a resident of Weld County reported receiving the same type of call from a man who said he was Sgt. Pete Jones with the Weld County Sheriff’s Office. The scammer told the man that he had two active warrants out for his arrest - one for failing to appear in court and another for failing to report for jury duty. In addition, the suspect told the man that his fine totaled $1,000 and could be settled with gift cards.

The scammer proceeded to explain that this would be a "good faith" payment, which would be returned to the resident during his court date. He also said he would stay on the line with him and provide instructions about how to purchase the gift cards from Walmart.

Fortunately, the victim recognized the call as a scam and hung up before contacting police.

The Weld County Sheriff's Office wants to remind citizens that they never accept gift cards as a valid form of payment for any of the services they provide, nor would they cancel a warrant in exchange for a gift card.
Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward.

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