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SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio — The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a telephone scam where they’re warned they are in legal trouble.

According to a release, the sheriff’s office has received several calls over the past three weeks from citizens regarding the attempted scams.

The residents have gotten calls from an individual claiming to be a representative from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. The potential victims were informed that they have an outstanding arrest warrant because of a traffic citation or because they missed jury duty.

They were subsequently instructed to purchase a gift card or meet the caller in person to further discuss the matter.

If anyone has received a similar call or has been a victim of a similar scam, they are asked to call the Summit County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at 303-643-8637.