Phone scam threatening people with outstanding warrants

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- Authorities say crooks are targeting unsuspecting homeowners, telling them to send money or else.

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Officials say that they had several calls about a particular phone scam.

Here's how it works - the scammer has found a way to get the Houston County's Sheriff's Office caller ID to show up on your phone. When someone answers, the person poses as a legitimate staff member.

The caller then threatens the victim saying there's a warrant or bond against them and they'll be arrested if they don't agree to send money.

The scammer then tells the victim to buy a Green Dot card or another retail card.

So what should you do if you get a call? Sheriff Valenza says immediately hang up and call the sheriff's office.

"A warrant is issued for your arrest, we will come, trust me. We will come to your house, we will come to your job, we will get you on the vehicle but we will not call you, threatening that there are warrants on you," said Houston County Sheriff, Donald Valenza.

Sheriff Valenza also added to never give out your personal information and that they have seen similar cases.