Polk County officials say you should be wary of who’s on the other end of the phone.
The sheriff’s office says in the past couple of weeks dozens of people in the Des Moines metro area have gotten calls from scammers.
Officials say many people have recognized the scam and hung up. But some people are falling victim, including one person who gave up $8,000 and another who gave up $17,000.
Some of the scammers say they are the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and they are usually asking for a debit card or pre-paid card number to bail out a family member or to pay a fee for missing jury duty.
The sheriff’s office says it does not demand money by phone for fines.
If you are unsure about a caller’s validity get a name and phone number, then call your local law enforcement agency to check on any claims.
You should also call local law enforcement if you receive one of these calls.