We have been getting reports from all over southern Ohio that people have been receiving phone calls from the Wellston Police Department’s phone number (740) 384-2171, and the person on the other line is identifying themselves as a representative of the WPD.
The reports state that the person making the call is telling the person answering that they have or will have a warrant for their arrest and they need to pay money in order to not go to jail. The caller then asks for the person’s credit card number for payment.
THIS IS A SCAM! This is not us calling. Scammers can make certain numbers show up on your caller ID. We do not call people and tell them that they have warrants for their arrest and then ask for money. We do not accept credit cards as a form of bond payment.
If you receive one of these calls, please do not give out sensitive information such as credit card numbers or personal identifying information over the phone. If you want to be sure, simply tell the caller that you want to call us back with more information, and call us at (740) 384-2171.
Do not call us back at another number given to you by the caller. The Wellston Police Department will always answer at (740) 384-2171.