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Pulaski County Phone Scam Taken to New Level

Sherwood woman ordered to pay $1,000 to avoid going to jail but didn't fall for it.

SHERWOOD, AR - Bob and Julie Perry never expected to become victims of a telephone scam.

"He called me back and said I would be under arrest and go to jail that night if I didn't not come up with $1,000 dollars" says Julie Perry.

"They actually used an actual lieutenant's name at the police department and gave us a physical address of 2900 South Woodrow St., which is an actual police evidence room" says Perry.

The couple received a phone call Saturday from a man claiming to be a deputy with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office. That person ordered them to pay the money to keep Julie from going to jail.

"I should have known better. I should have known right there," says Perry.

The scammer told them to go to the EZ Mart in Sherwood and get two prepaid cards.

According to the victims, those scammers aren't giving them an exact location on where to drop those money cards off. They claim they are tracking them via GPS on their cellphones.

But those with the sheriff's office say that's not how they handle business.

"The main thing we just want to emphasize to people is that we don't take credits cards. We don't take debit cards. We are never going to ask you to go to Walgreens and get any type of card. We aren't going to ask you to meet us some place" says Lt. Carl Minden.

Luckily for the Perry's they figured out the scam and hope they can keep it from happening to others.

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