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Sheriff's office frustrated by latest phone scam

Stryde Jones Stryde Jones
LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) -

Lowndes County Sheriff's investigators were continuing to try Wednesday to identify the source of the latest phone scam in the county, but weren't confident they'd have much luck.

Several residents in the county had, as of Wednesday, received calls recently from someone claiming to be from the sheriff's office saying that the resident had a warrant out for their arrest and needed to pay money to have it taken care of.

Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Lt. Stryde Jones said that as of Wednesday only one resident had become a victim so far, wiring the caller $1500.

"The numbers they call from pass through so many filters and chains that it's really not where we can trace it back. That's extremely frustrating for us as an agency," Lt. Jones said. "It's really hurting to see the citizenry affected by these scams repeatedly."

Lt. Jones reminds residents that the sheriff's office will never call them on the phone and ask for money for a warrant. 

If you believe you have been a victim of the scam, call the sheriff's office immediately.

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