- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa sheriff’s office is warning residents about a scam involving callers who demand money from people to take care of outstanding arrest warrants.

The Polk County sheriff’s office said Tuesday that the perpetrators are using the names of current Polk County sheriff’s employees and telling residents they need to pay money to avoid being arrested.

The sheriff’s office says that’s not the right procedure for taking care of warrants. Authorities say they generally do not discuss or take care of valid warrants over the telephone.

The sheriff’s office says anyone who receives such a call should contact Polk County Dispatch at 515-286-333 or local law enforcement.

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