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Sheriff warns of phone scam

Beware, a caller falsely representing the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, claiming to be collecting unpaid fines, fees or warrants, is targeting county residents.

Sheriff Danny Bond said several residents received calls Thursday and that those calls were a hoax.

“The caller said that they were from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office and that the person needed to get a Walmart prepaid card to take care of money that was owed,” he said Thursday afternoon. “We want to let people know that we will never call; we’ll come visit you in person for things like this. Do not go buy any cards for anybody at any time.”

Bond said the BCSO received several calls asking people to pay the civil division and one saying someone had missed a grand jury appearance and owed money.

“Unfortunately, one lady did go and spend $1,000 on these cards,” he said.

Bond said anyone with questions or wanting to report a call can contact the Sheriff’s Office at (334) 382-6521.

“Please verify before you do anything over the phone,” Bond concluded.