DES MOINES, Iowa — Law enforcement officials in central Iowa are warning of a familiar phone scam.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office tells KCCI ( ) that people are receiving telephone calls claiming to be from the sheriff’s office. The caller tells recipients there is a signed a warrant for their arrest for not showing up for jury duty. Victims are then told to retrieve a large amount of cash and follow further instructions to avoid being arrested.

Officials say deputies do not discuss or take care of valid warrants over the telephone.

Information from: KCCI-TV,

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