Renewed warning issued about court-related phone scam

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Washoe County District Attorney’s Office continues to warn the public of an apparent scam involving local courts.

The WCDA Investigations Division is following up on several recent complaints from people who report getting voicemail messages advising them of a missed court appearance and requesting a return call. The caller used the name of an actual DA Investigator when identifying himself, claiming he was a “Court Investigator with the Washoe Sheriff’s Department.” The caller also stated he was with the superior court of Nevada and left a return number of (775) 300-6074. While no fees or payments were solicited, the information in the message is false and similar to common scams for payments to avoid court-related fines or warrants.

The District Attorney’s Office does not charge the public for any services and does not solicit over the phone, and reminds the public to be cautious when providing personal identification of any kind over the phone. For questions related to a call received from the District Attorney’s Office or to verify information, please call the WCDA’s Office Investigations Division at 321-4300.

Similar warnings were issued in February 2016 by the DA's Office, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and the Washoe County Second Judicial District Court.