Bay County Sheriff's Office warns locals of phone scam

Bay County Sheriff's officials want to make sure you're not getting scammed out of your hard earned money. (MGN)

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Bay County Sheriff's Office wants to warn residents about a new phone scam.

Sheriff's officials say the scammer is calling Bay County residents saying there is a warrant out for their arrest using the name of an actual employee at the Bay County Sheriff's Office.

The scammer then tries to convince the victim they can avoid the arrest by buying green dot cards or gift cards to pay a fine.

The Sheriff's office says they will never contact a person by phone to tell them they have a warrant or tell them they can pay a fine with gift cards.

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