Scammers calling and demanding money for court fees

Scammers are reportedly posing as the Washington State Supreme Court Clerk and demanding that residents pay or be arrested.

The Washington State Attorney General says that the calls so far have been targeting residents with Hispanic last names.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst tell KXRO that they urge consumers not to fall for the scam, and say that the Supreme Court will never threaten people with arrest or demand payment.

“These imposters prey on consumers’ fears to gain access to their bank accounts,” Ferguson said. “Washington court clerks have never and will never behave that way. I am committed to protecting consumers from this kind of deception.”

According to the report, the State Supreme Court has received dozens of complaints of scammers using spoofing to make it appear that the calls come from the Supreme Court clerk’s office.

The caller typically states they are from the courts or law enforcement and threatens arrest if recipients do not send money.

What to do

  • If you or a family member receives one of these calls, hang up immediately.
  • Do not give in to high-pressure tactics. Do not trust callers who use threats to bully or frighten you. The Supreme Court, any other Washington court or law enforcement agency will never call to demand payment or threaten arrest.
  • Please help spread the word about this scam by sharing this information with your friends and family.

If you receive a suspicious call, hang up and file a complaint with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office at www.atg.wa.gov, or report it to the Federal Trade Commission.

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