Several citizens have contacted the Sheriff’s Office today after receiving suspicious phone calls. The caller identifies himself as Sgt. David Lynch of the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office automated number, 412-350-4700, appears on caller ID. The caller explains that the citizen missed a court appearance, and a warrant was issued for their arrest. In order to lift the warrant, they must pay a sum of money to the Office.

Allegheny County Sheriff Kevin Kraus wants residents to understand that the Sheriff’s Office does not operate this way. We do not accept financial transactions over the phone, nor do we accept gift cards as payment for court fees.

Please do not divulge any financial or personal information to the caller if you receive such a call.