FORSYTH COUNTY — In response to numerous reports, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is alerting residents to a fake ticket and warrant scam that has appeared in many variations across Georgia and may be operating from inside state prisons.
According to the sheriff’s office, persons posing as law enforcement officers from various agencies are calling residents and advising them they have an arrest warrant for an outstanding fine or citation.
The scammers will then direct the people to buy prepaid cards in various amounts at a specific store and relay the card numbers.
While on the phone, they reportedly tell the victims that they can’t disconnect.
The scammers are also using techniques that disguise their caller ID as local law enforcement numbers, according to the sheriff’s office.
The agency advises that law enforcement will never call someone and ask for payment over the phone.
If a call sounds suspicious, residents are encouraged to hang up and find a phone number in a phone book or online for that local agency. They should not call the phone number.
According to the sheriff’s office, the investigation has led to suspects being held in Georgia prisons. Attempts have been made to contact the wardens of these prisons to investigate further.