According to a news release, the callers phone citizens and tell them they owe money for a warrant, a ticket, or other court matters. The fake officer tells the victim to buy a "green-dot" card to pay the fine. The scammer then asks for the victim to provide the card number or financial information.
The sheriff’s office says deputies, police officers, and court officers will never phone citizens asking for payment of any kind.
Recently, the Bibb Sheriff’s Office has received several reports of calls coming from the Augusta area. The caller is claiming to be a deputy that works in the Bibb County Warrants Division and he is using the names of retired deputies.
Bibb deputies made several arrests in connection with a similar phone scam earlier this year.
If you have received a call like this, report it to the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at (478) 745-7500 or to your local law enforcement agency.