VALPARAISO | Police are warning of a telephone scam underway offering to prevent recipients from being arrested in return for making a payment.

The caller claims to be from a federal agency and tells the recipient of the call there is an arrest warrant out in their name, police said.

The recipient is then given information about the amount of money they need to pay to avoid being arrested.

Valparaiso police say these types of calls are a scam. If a person is really targeted by an arrest warrant, an officer will visit and serve the warrant in person.

Another recent scam involves telling the recipient a family member has been arrested out of state and bond money is needed, police said. Police recommend talking to family members or friends to confirm an arrest before sending any money.

A further way of avoiding being scammed is to seek out the correct telephone number of an agency or organization and then call back to confirm the claims, police said.

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