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Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office warns of fake law enforcement scam

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OKLAHOMA CITY-- The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office is warning people about a fake law enforcement scam. They say scammers are trying to trick people into thinking they have skipped jury duty and have a warrant for their arrest as a result.

Since Thursday the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office has received several reports of the call.

"Saying that someone from the sheriff's office called them saying they had a warrant out for their arrest, and they can either turn themselves in at the jail or give them personal information and maybe make a payment over the phone,” Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Mark Opgrande said.

NewsChannel Four called that number and what followed was a series of recordings.

"Welcome to Verizon Wireless. The number you have dialed has been changed, disconnected or is no longer in service.”

The call then transitioned into another message.

“This is Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department Warrants and Citations. If this is an emergency please hang up and dial 911. Otherwise leave your name, number and a brief message and a deputy will return your call as soon as possible."

NewsChannel Four played along and left a message.

"In some cases they're saying you were supposed to report for jury duty. Maybe that's a situation where somebody thinks, ‘Did I get that mail.? I can't remember if I did.’ So then you start to think maybe it's possible,” Opgrande said.

It's a semi-believable scenario but one authorities say is not realistic.

"We just want people to know that we are not going to call people and tell them to show up at the jail or ask for information over the phone,” Opgrande said.

Authorities say if you receive a call like this to hang up immediately and report it to police.