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Scam phone calls have become much more common in the cellphone era. Residents receiving an automated phone call claiming to be the Madison County Sheriff’s Office should not return the call.

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Residents who receive an automated phone call claiming to be the Madison County Sheriff’s Office with an arrest warrant do not have to be worried about being arrested.

The sheriff’s office has received reports of scammers calling residents and claiming they have a warrant while pretending to represent the department.

“We always try to stay ahead of these scam calls, especially when they pretend that they’re us,” said Sgt. Isaac Payne, sheriff's office public information officer.

This scam leaves a phone number to call back, (208) 423-8472 and a recorded message claiming to be the sheriff’s office.

“Neither us nor any law enforcement agency will call someone to notify there’s an arrest warrant for them,” Payne said. “It ruins the surprise.”

He said scam calls or robocalls are common in the cellphone phone era, and sometimes scammers will pretend to be federal agencies such as the IRS. They usually don’t last long, which can make it difficult to investigate and prosecute the individuals responsible for them.

The sheriff’s office reminds residents to not return these calls and do not give them any information, Payne said.