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Sheriff’s office warns about phone scam

Denton County Sheriff’s Office officials are warning county residents to be on alert for a scam.

The sheriff’s office said in a news release that it had received several calls between Friday and Sunday about a male caller who identified himself as “Lt. Donaldson” with the sheriff’s office and said he would issue citations and warrants for various violations.

He would then give an invalid case number and instruct his would-be victim to do a cash transfer to cover warrant application fees, the cost of a failure to appear charge, court costs and administration fees.

Officials warned that this man is not with the sheriff’s office and to not transfer any money to someone claiming to be from the office.

If people think there is a warrant out for them, they are advised to check with the sheriff’s office.

If anyone has any information about this crime, contact Sgt. Larry Kish at 940-349-1665 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-388-TIPS.

— Bj Lewis