by: Scott McCaulley
Newton County Sheriff Glen Wheeler posts on the Department’s Facebook Page Wednesday about a scam going around the county.
Wheeler said that his office has been notified by several people that had say they received calls from someone claiming to be with the Sheriff’s Department stating that they had a warrant for their arrests but the warrant could be taken care of if they would go to Dollar General and buy a certain amount of Gift Cards.
Wheeler says that not only does the department not accept Gift Cards and they don’t call ahead when an Arrest Warrant has been issued.
Wheeler reminds people to be very careful about giving out any personal information over the phone.
The complete release from the Sheriff’s Department is below:
Our office has received multiple calls from citizens letting us know that they had been called by an unknown party that was representing themselves as an employee of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office. The caller told the people they had a warrant and that Sheriff’s Office personnel would be coming to arrest them. The calls were coming from phone numbers with the (870) area code.