Sheriff's Office issues scam alert

Scam Alert signThe Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday said it wants to alert county residents to a scam that appears to be active in our county.

A caller pretending to be with the "Citrus County Warrants Division" is contacting residents and telling them that they have a warrant and they must pay a fine or they will be taken to jail.

That phone call may be a scam

Scam Alert artThe Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Friday alerted residents that a scam that is active throughout the nation is making itself known here.

People are answering their phone because they either recognize the number on the caller ID or because it is simply a local number. Once they pick up the phone, the CCSO said, the call is either a sales call, a scam call or a simply harassing call.

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