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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Law enforcement groups in Gwinnett County are teaming up to stop phone scams.

The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office spokesperson says they have received a number of reports from residents saying they were the targets of a telephone scam.

Now police departments and other law enforcement agencies in Gwinnett County are pooling resources to put an end to these predatory calls.

The person making the call claims to be a member of the Sheriff's Office's Warrants Division. The scammer tells their victim that they did not show up to a jury summons and they must pay a fine using a prepaid debit card, usually a Green Dot card, to avoid arrest.

This is not an issue isolated to just Gwinnett County. Several other areas across Georgia have reported similar schemes. Callers will say the victim has an outstanding traffic or parking ticket and they can pay the fine over the phone to avoid arrest.

The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office reminds citizens that law enforcement agencies would never ask for payments for fines over the phone or use a prepaid debit card to collect the fines.

If you should get a suspicious call, please report it to your local law enforcement agency.

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