- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Gulfport police are warning the public about a scam in which callers tell people they owe old fines and will be arrested if they don’t send a pre-paid card to a certain address.

Police Sgt. Damon McDaniel tells The Sun Herald (https://bit.ly/1KvpbP1 ) the callers identify themselves as a law enforcement officer, bill collector or warrants officer. They advise the person won’t be arrested if he or she buys a pre-paid card and mails it to an address that seems to be that of a courthouse.

McDaniel says people who owe old fines through Gulfport Municipal Court are arrested on a warrant and are not notified by a phone call.

He says people tend to fall for such scams because the threat of arrest scares them, even if they believe they don’t owe fines.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com


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