August 13, 2022

ARVADA, CO — If you get a call from Arvada Police Lieutenant Paul Carroll telling you there’s a warrant for your arrest, fear not: it’s a scam.

The Arvada Police Department said Friday that it has been informed of several phone calls in which a scammer pretending to be Carroll informs victims that they have overdue fines, and have been indicted by a grand jury. But there’s apparently an easy workaround to this arrest warrant and grand jury indictment: just buy some gift cards to pay the fine, and the warrant will go away.

Several scams pretending to be police, or the IRS, are telling victims that a warrant is out for their arrest and police are arriving shortly, but this can all be stopped with a quick payment. In reality, Arvada police say they will never call anyone to ask them to pay fines.

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If you do receive such a call, hang up immediately, and report the scam to the federal government at usa.gov.

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