MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A man impersonating a sheriff’s deputy has been calling Washington County residents and threatening to arrest them if they don’t pay fines or tickets by phone with pre-paid credit cards.

The scammer has been using a phone spoofing number that shows on caller ID as coming from the county sheriff’s office records line.

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He’s been giving victims an out-of-state number that he says is for the IRS.

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The Washington County Sheriff’s Office wants residents to know that it never will call and demand payment of outstanding tickets by the phone — especially with pre-paid credit cards.

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