PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Authorities want you to know of a scam going around our area.
Bay County Sheriff’s Deputies say they received a complaint about a phone call a local woman received. She says the person on the phone identified himself as a deputy with the sheriff’s office. The woman says the scammer told her she had missed jury duty and there was a warrant out for her arrest. The scammer then told her that if she paid him with gift cards.
The woman says she hung up right away.
Sheriff Tommy Ford says a deputy from the sheriff’s office will never call someone to tell them about a warrant and pressure them to buy gift cards to avoid arrest.
They say sometimes the scammer will find out the name of a real deputy and use it. Deputies say if you are unsure, hang up and call the sheriff’s office to see if the call is legitimate.
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