CAMDEN, NJ — Residents should be on alert for potential phone scams, the Camden County Sheriff's Office said Friday.

The county issued the warning in response to a recent rise in phone scam reports in other counties across the state.

Sheriff Whip Wilson said the latest scam begins with someone posing as an official from the local sheriff's office. The caller attempts to convince the victim that they have an outstanding warrant or debt, and that the victim will be arrested unless they send funds via prepaid money cards.

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“Residents should never give their personal or financial information to strangers over the phone, and should report any suspicious calls they receive to the police," Wilson said.

Personal information and prepaid cards such as Green Dot MoneyPak cards are often sought by scammers for false warrants, civil process fees, overdue IRS payments, and non-appearance for jury duty, the county said.

Residents who believe they are being victimized or are unsure if a call is legitimate should contact the relevant agency to verify their records. Any scam should be reported to the Sheriff’s Office at (856) 225-7661 or (856) 225-7662.

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