Colbert County District Attorney warns of arrest scam hitting the Shoals

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TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s another phone scam to report to you, and this one is threatening to have you arrested if you don’t pay up.

From his courthouse office on the second floor, Colbert County District Attorney Bryce Graham fields all sorts of calls pertaining to the law.

After receiving numerous complaints about a potential scam, he decided to call the folks behind it on Wednesday morning.

“I got a hold of that particular number and called it to ask some questions,” explained Graham. “Once I told them who I was they hung the phone up on me.”

According to Graham, the scammer threatened arrest if outstanding warrants weren’t paid right then.

The caller tells the person who answers if they don’t give up personal information or buy a prepaid debit card to send them immediately, they’ll be arrested.

Graham said law enforcement doesn’t operate like that.

“Everyone needs to be aware if they get any kind of phone call like that, they need to contact the local authorities to make sure that it is not a scam,” Graham said. “Most of the time if police have a warrant, they’re not going to call you to tell you they are on their way.”

Graham added police don’t use fear tactics over the phone to collect a debt or fix arrest warrants.

If you’ve received a call similar to this, contact your local law enforcement agency with any information.