Be­ware of lo­cal scam

Caller claims to be col­lect­ing pay­ments over the phone

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The New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice is warn­ing res­i­dents of a fi­nan­cial scam mak­ing the rounds in the area.

In this scam, an un­known caller will con­tact peo­ple and say he is call­ing from the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice be­cause a bench war­rant has been is­sued for the per­son be­ing called due to a missed traf­fic court date. The of­fense is usu­ally for speed­ing, which was de­tected by a traf­fic cam­era.

The caller has used names of for­mer and/or cur­rent NCSO em­ploy­ees dur­ing the calls. The caller then states that the war­rant will be re­called if a pay­ment is made over the tele­phone. The caller then di­rects the vic­tim to pur­chase a Green Dot Money Pak Pre-Paid card at a lo­cal Wal­greens, Wal­mart or other such store for a cer­tain dol­lar amount.

The vic­tim is then given a court date in the near fu­ture in a court­room at the New­ton County Ju­di­cial Cen­ter. Dur­ing the call the caller uses names of lo­cal Judges in New­ton County.

The Sher­iff’s Of­fice does NOT col­lect traf­fic fines over the tele­phone. If you re­ceive a call like this just hang up and then call 911 to make a re­port.

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