Authorities: Phone scammers impersonate officers

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - The Sebastian County Sheriff's Office says there have been several reports in recent days of residents receiving phone calls from someone impersonating a law enforcement officer.

The department said Tuesday that the impersonators say they are representing the sheriff's office and have a warrant for the person answering the phone or a member of that person's family. The caller then gives instructions on providing a money order to prevent the warrant from being served.

The sheriff's office says any payment for warrants or fines is handled through the court system and that officers will never ask for money or money orders.

The office says it has received no reports of anyone providing money to the would-be scam artists.

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