On 3-2-21, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a West Bend resident concerning a scam phone call. The resident had recevied an automated phone call from a male subject claiming to be Palo Alto County Sheriff Lynn Schultes. This male advised the resident she was in legal trouble and needed to take care of the issue over the phone or there would be a warrant issued for her arrest. The resident hung up and has not received any more calls.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office does not make phone calls requesting individuals pay any form of monies or request any personal information over threats of warrants being issued. If you receive a call from someone claiming to be a law enforcement official, ask them which agency they represent and make contact with that agency by calling them from a phone number you acquired from a trustworthy source. The relationship between the public and law enforcement is important and we will not use over the phone scared tactics to jeapordize that relationship.