Two phone scams reported in Gallatin County

Posted at 11:00 AM, May 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-24 13:00:41-04

GALLATIN COUNTY – Two phone scams are being reported in Gallatin County, according to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

The first scam involves a caller claiming to be a captain with the Sheriff’s Office and informs the person who answers that they missed jury duty.

The scammer further claims a warrant has been issued for that person, asks the person to download money onto a prepaid card and provide the scammer with the pin number. The scammer calls from the number 406-324-7146. The Sheriff’s Office suspects that this number is computer generated and can easily be changed.

The number has a recorded message stating that you have reached the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and gives extensions for two captains, main desk, and patrol. This scam is very elaborate and the suspects are very convincing.

In the second scam, the scammer states that the call recipient’s grandchild/relative is in jail in another state and asks for money to get them out of jail.

These callers are intimidating, convincing, and persistent. Please do not respond to their requests. Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind people the Sheriff’s Office will not call you and ask for money to resolve any of these issues. Please hang up on the caller or block the number through your phone carrier.