A phone scam targeting consumers in the Atlanta metro area has prompted police to issue a serious warning.

According to FOX 5, the person on the other end of the line claimed to be from the Rockdale County Sheriff’s office. He said she needed to pay a fine for failing to appear in court after disregarding a subpoena, or she would be arrested and her ten-month-old child would be taken away.

“I completely shut down,” Skinner said. “All I heard was, ‘you’re going to jail, you’ve avoided court.’”

Because she did not trust the scammer at first, he offered to contact her again from the Sheriff’s Office phone line. He spoofed their caller I.D. and her phone lit up with a call from the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office a few moments later.

The scammer demanded to stay on the line with her while she drove around with her son in the back seat, claiming that she was under a gag order and could not tell anyone about what she was doing.

“From 11 a.m. until like four in the afternoon, driving around trying to get these money cards that he wanted,” she said.

Skinner read the money card numbers off to the fake deputy then she drove from Atlanta to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office to complete the process of clearing her name.

That’s when they informed her of the situation and Hannah Skinner lost $5,000 due to that phone scam.

“What we’re thinking is this person has either some previous knowledge of law enforcement,” said Rockdale County Sheriff’s Deputy Jedidia Canty. “They’re saying the right thing.”

She wants her tale to serve as a warning for everyone.

“I want other people to know about this and I want it to end,” Skinner said. “Now.”

The sheriff’s office is still in the early stages of its investigation, Deputy Canty said. She advised that if you receive a call like this, you should hang up immediately and contact local law enforcement.

Last month, as 11alive reported, two New York men were arrested in Hall County in connection to a potential nationwide phone scam.

A 23-year-old man from Springfield Gardens and a 28-year-old man from Queens Village were detained after investigators set up a sting operation at a victim’s home, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to authorities, the men are reportedly involved in a phone scam in which a scammer phones a victim and claims that one of their family members, usually a grandchild, has legal problems and that they need to pay money to help with fees.

Scammers typically demand more than $10,000 and sent one or two “representatives” to the victim’s home to collect the money.

They tried to scam an elderly couple from north Hall County out of $12,000. However, Uniform Patrol Division deputies and the Criminal Investigations Division Property Crimes Unit eventually halted it.

Investigators said the 23-year-old suddenly drove off when deputies approached him. The 28-year-old was detained in front of the victim’s house “without incident.” They are both charged with the exploitation of an elderly person.

Deputies said the investigation discovered that both New York men were operating out of Atlanta, and that similar scams had been reported in Walton, Fannin, and Hart counties.

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