MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Dyer County Sheriff’s Office says criminals are using the names of actual deputies to scam people out of their money over the phone.

The sheriff’s department said the callers pretend to be law enforcement officers and tell the person on the other end they have missed a court or jury date and must pay a fine.

The scammers then direct them to purchase a Green Dot prepaid or similar prepaid credit card to avoid being arrested and arrange a meeting place for payment.

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The Dyer Counter Sheriff’s Office said in some cases the scammers have used the names of some of their officers.

They posted this message on Facebook: “We will in no case ask that a citizen pay any fine by credit card, PayPal, CashApp, etc. The Dyer County Sheriff’s Office does not conduct this type of business over the telephone, and citizens should be very cautious…

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