The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office received reports this week of a phone scam circulating the county.

A post on the Sheriff Department’s Facebook page warns residents of a caller who claims to be an employee with the Sheriff’s Office in an attempt to collect money from individuals.

“The caller told the citizen that there was a warrant for their arrest for failing to report for jury duty,” the post states. “The caller told the citizen that they needed to go purchase a gift card while on the phone and give the caller the information to get the warrant withdrawn.”

Another citizen reported that they had received a call from someone claiming to be with the Sheriff’s Office Civil Division, also trying to collect money.

“These are SCAMS. The Sheriff’s Office doesn’t call people with warrants and ask for money; also, we do not collect any money by phone,” the department stated.

The Sheriff’s Department urges the public to be aware of scams and safeguard their personal information from unknown sources as these reports are further investigated.

To report a scam or further information, call 256-974-2500.

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