Wood County Sheriff warns residents of warrant scam

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) Another scam-mentioning law enforcement-is making the rounds of the area.

Residents are called and told to contact what appears to be a local phone number-where they hear this from an official-sounding voice.

"Thank you for calling the Wood County Sheriff's Department non-emergency line. If this is a life-threatening emergency, please hang up and dial 911. For general information, or to speak with an officer, press 1."

When they do that, the individual is then instructed there is a warrant against them., or that they have failed to show up for jury duty.

They are then given the option of purchasing a "Green Dot" card, and loading $250 into it to pay a fine.

The sheriff's department says contacting people by phone about a warrant or jury duty is not their procedure.

"We actually come out and deal with people individually," says Sheriff Steve Stephens. "If we have a warrant for you, we're going to come out and we're going to serve it, in person. If you don't show up for jury duty, the judge will send us to pick you up for jury duty; you won't be fined without coming in front of the judge."

Sheriff Stephens says the calls people are getting are coming from out of town, and the number being given out is not for the Wood County Sheriff.

People with questions about these calls can contact the department's actual phone number, (304) 424-1834.