- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

CENTRE, Ala. (AP) - The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a new scam that involves phone calls identified as coming from their office.

Sheriff Jeff Shaver tells media outlets that in recent weeks, residents have received calls reportedly from a government or law enforcement agency telling them there is a warrant for their arrest.

Shaver says some callers are being told they didn’t show up for jury duty and have to pay a fine or they’ll be arrested. Shaver says in some cases, the callers have had personal information about people, including their social security numbers and birth date.

Shaver said his office doesn’t ask for personal or financial information by phone or to clear warrants.

Shaver warns residents that they should never give personal information to callers.

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