- Associated Press - Friday, December 25, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Virginia’s attorney general is warning residents to not fall for a telephone scam involving a false claim involving an arrest warrant.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says the caller has been posing as a representative of the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Office. The caller than claims he has an outstanding arrest warrant and if the recipient of the call doesn’t pay a fine over the phone, they’ll be held in contempt of court.

One method of collecting the fine involves the purchase of a prepaid credit card so the bogus fine can be transferred into the account.

The scam is conducted over an unidentified wireless number, and sometimes during off hours.

Morrisey stressed that no law enforcement agency will make an initial contact over the phone.

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