Amarillo, TX - A new scam hitting our area is targeting resident by impersonating a deputy with local law enforcement.
Scammers are calling residents claiming someone in their family has outstanding warrants or has missed jury duty.
Scammers are demanding the resident make payment over the phone to clear outstanding warrants.
Sheriff Joel Richardson with the Randall County Sheriff's Office says they tell residents it must be paid with a prepaid credit card.
"We do call people on warrants, but we never ever collect money over the phone. We refer people to a court or ask them to turn themselves in, give them that opportunity to turn themselves in".
Janna Kiehl with the BBB of the Texas Panhandle says it should always be a warning sign if someone calls and asks for a payment on a prepaid credit card.
"When they call you and ask for money up front and say before we can do anything else we need you to give us information that has a balance on it like a card or something, then that is a red flag."
The Sheriffs Department says this scam seems realistic and residents need to be aware.
"The people that are doing this, have good information. They have researched our website and they are using Randall County's information. If you call the number back, you may get an answering machine that says you have reached the warrants department at the Randall County Sheriff's Office.
If you do receive a phone call from the Randall County Sheriff's Department, it is best to just hang up and call the office back from their number listed in the phone book.