The Harford County Sheriff's Office is warning county residents to be aware of an ongoing scam, which involves unsuspecting people being tricked into giving money to a scammer who claims to be a sheriff's deputy.
The suspected scammer has been calling residents and telling them an arrest warrant has been issued for them; he gives them a chance to pay a fine instead of going to jail, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.
The fine is paid by putting the money on a prepaid debit or credit card, which can be obtained at grocery or convenience stores, and then the victim gives the scammer the card codes needed to access the money.
Cristie Kahler, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, said victims are often told the warrant has been issued because they missed jury duty.
She said the sheriff's office has been inundated in recent days with calls from concerned residents about the scam, and one person reported losing money Wednesday.