SCAM ALERT | Caller pretends to be a deputy

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PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Putnam County Sheriff's Office is warning neighbors to beware of someone making fake calls claiming to be a sheriff's deputy.

The Putnam County Police Department says it took a call from an elderly woman who told them an impostor called her saying there was a warrant out for her arrest.

She told police the caller claimed to be a deputy sheriff and asked her to purchase a Green Dot gift card in the amount of $1,400 to avoid arrest.

Deputies say the scammer is using a spoof app that makes it look like the call is coming from the sheriff's office. They say don't fall for it and hang up the phone immediately.

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