Your cellphone rings and you answer it. A feeling of dread rises as you hear the caller, who says he is from the sheriff’s office, tells you that you missed jury duty and there is a warrant out for your arrest.

You’re in a panic, not believing this could be happening to you. The caller is convincing. He tells you that to resolve the problem you can pay the fine of $500 by sending money through a wire transfer or buying multiple gift cards and mailing them to a certain location.

This is just one of a number of scams thieves are using to convince you to give them your money. During a recent interview, Sgt. Terry Fritts, of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, said such scams present a difficult situation for everyone involved.

“It’s difficult for us to even investigate,” he said. “We do pick up the ball, and we run…

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