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Clay County Sheriff’s Office warns of gift card scam after man taken for thousands of dollars

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is warning about gift-card scams after a man was recently targeted.On Thursday, the sheriff’s office said it received a call from a man who wanted to turn himself in.”Deputies met him here at sheriff’s headquarters, and when they started talking to him, they realized he had no warrants,” said Sarah Boyd, public relations manager for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.They quickly learned that the man had recently visited Lowe’s to buy gift cards. He also bought gift cards at CVS, too. The scammer posing as a sheriff’s deputy said the gift cards would help pay off the fines on the warrants.The sheriff’s office says the victim got gift cards and text the number on those gift cards back to the scammer. The total loss was $7,360.”He said the level of detail they provided about the sheriff’s office, the level of detail they provided about our operations, drew him in,” Boyd said.The sheriff’s office says they will never call you about a warrant. You should always clear up warrants in person, never over the phone. And that no legitimate government entity will accept gift cards as payment.”We strongly recommend if somebody gets a call like that, they hang up,” Boyd said.The sheriff’s office said these scams often target older people. They said to keep talking to your loved ones to warn them about new scams.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is warning about gift-card scams after a man was recently targeted.

On Thursday, the sheriff’s office said it received a call from a man who wanted to turn himself in.

“Deputies met him here at sheriff’s headquarters, and when they started talking to him, they realized he had no warrants,” said Sarah Boyd, public relations manager for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

They quickly learned that the man had recently visited Lowe’s to buy gift cards. He also bought gift cards at CVS, too. The scammer posing as a sheriff’s deputy said the gift cards would help pay off the fines on the warrants.

The sheriff’s office says the victim got gift cards and text the number on those gift cards back to the scammer. The total loss was $7,360.

“He said the level of detail they provided about the sheriff’s office, the level of detail they provided about our operations, drew him in,” Boyd said.

The sheriff’s office says they will never call you about a warrant. You should always clear up warrants in person, never over the phone. And that no legitimate government entity will accept gift cards as payment.

“We strongly recommend if somebody gets a call like that, they hang up,” Boyd said.

The sheriff’s office said these scams often target older people. They said to keep talking to your loved ones to warn them about new scams.