Beware of local scam
Caller claims to be collecting payments over the phone
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.