The Winona Co Sheriff’s Office has received at least 5 calls in the past 24 hours from citizen’s who have received phone calls from someone claiming to be with the “Sheriff’s Office - Civil Process Division”.
The caller leaves the number 494-8698 to call back the Sheriff’s Office. When calling back that number, an automated menu comes up and the caller is instructed to “press 1 for Deputy Smith” to leave them a message. When one of these so called “deputies” calls you back, you are told that you missed “court pursuant to a Grand Jury subpoena”. They want you to post bond for a warrant that’s issued for your arrest . They want your credit card number or you’ll be instructed to go to a local store (like HyVee) and get a money order for $1500.00
This is NOT from the Winona County Sheriff’s Office. Our phone number is 507-457-6368
This is a reminder that you should not give out your credit card number or personal information over the phone to callers claiming to be your credit card company, bank or law enforcement.
If you are the victim of this scam and have provided any financial information make sure to notify your bank or credit card company immediately to have a hold placed on your accounts. Contact the Winona co Sheriff’s office at 507-457-6368 to report the crime.