FORT PIERCE, Fla. - The Fort Pierce Police Department wants to warn the public about recent telephone scams.
On Wednesday, police began two investigations of telephone fraud where a person made calls claiming to be a Saint Lucie County sheriff's deputy.
In both cases, the caller demanded a large sum of money from the victims.
“The Saint Lucie County Sheriff’s Office does not call members of the community to demand money in lieu of arrest," said Saint Lucie County Sheriff Lt. Stephen Sigmon in a news release.
If you receive a phone call telling you to pay fines to avoid going to jail, it is a scam. Do not provide bank account or credit card information to the caller.
“If an unidentified caller asks you to purchase pre-paid cards or to send money through Western Union, don’t do it. Instead, hang up and call 911 right away," said Sgt. Melissa Jaques.
For more information on other types of scams and frauds, visit the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website .