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“I was trying to help her,” Oklahoma man says scammers tracked his every move

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CANADIAN COUNTY, Okla. - Oklahomans across the state are falling victim to a phone scam, according to officials.

The alleged scammers are convincing people to hand over their hard-earned cash and are even able to track their victims.

"It was pretty scary when they said they had a warrant and were going to go take her to jail," said Tommy Boardman.

Boardman says he received a call claiming that his sister, who is disabled, had a warrant for her arrest.

"My sister was in trouble, I was trying to help her. If it had been me, I would have said, 'Well, come on, come get me," he said.

Instead, he found himself driving to a store and getting a prepaid card for $100.

As he drove, he says the caller seemed to know exactly where he was located.

"I went past an intersection and they said, 'You've gone too far, you need to turn around and go back," he said.

Once he had the card in hand, they had other instructions.

"They said, 'We're going to process as quick as we can so we need the number on the back of the card, so I did that," he said.

"The sheriff's office doesn't collect fines and penalties for violations and court costs," said Undersheriff Chris West, with the Canadian County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's officials say it is unfortunate that Boardman lost $100 and remind everyone that they will not call to warn you about a warrant.

"Most people know if they've had an encounter with law enforcement. They know if they didn't pay for a ticket. They know if they didn't comply with a court order," said West.

Boardman says he tried to check out the alleged scam before buying the card.

He says the number seemed to be local and heard a voicemail that sounded legitimate when he called it back.

"All I could think was someone's going to come pick her up," he said.

It's that fear, sheriff's officials say, that often drives those who know better to fall for these types of scams.

While the number appeared to be local, officials say it was likely coming from another country.

They encourage anyone who receives a call like this to report it to officials.

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