Beware of fake calls from courts demanding money

SEATTLE — Scammers are calling Washington residents claiming to represent various Washington courts and demanding residents wire money by 10 a.m., or face arrest.

People who receive these calls assume the calls must be about outstanding fines or warrants they are unaware of. It’s only when they follow up with the court they discover there is no violation, and confirm they got scammed.

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) believes the scammer is spoofing court phone numbers, so it looks like a court is calling. Most recently, the scammers are using the Des Moines Municipal Court’s phone number.

Keep these facts in mind if you receive a call:

• Courts never call people to collect debts;

• Non-payment of debt is not a crime; and

• Most courts accept cash or credit cards and don’t encourage wiring money as an option.


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