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LAWTON, Okla. – A local police department is warning residents about possible scams that are already circulating the area.

The Lawton Police Department says it has received a few phone calls from concerned residents after they received suspicious phone calls.

The first call claims to be with the “Warrant Services Association,” alerting residents that they are wanted by authorities for writing a bad check.

They also claim to be a division of the Drug Enforcement Agency.

When asked for proof, officers say the possible scammers will send a document through email with the seal of the State Department.

The group usually asks for $1,500 to be sent to them by a specific time.

The second possible scam seems to originate from Chile.

Authorities say the caller will tell the resident that they are a relative and traveled to Chile but now is in trouble.

They claim to need money to get out of jail and get back home.

The caller asks for an amount between $1,500 and $1,700 and says their attorney will call you back in a few minutes.

A few minutes later, another caller will say they are the attorney and tell you where to send the money.

Authorities say if you ever receive a phone call stating that you are wanted or a relative is in need somewhere, contact your local police department.

Most agencies do not call over the phone, the process usually goes through the court system.

Police stress that you should not voluntarily send money to someone unless you know without a doubt where it is going.