Phone scammers pretending to be Charleston County deputies are trying to rip off citizens again, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office has received several complaints recently about callers who claimed to be deputies and wanted money to clear up alleged fines or outstanding warrants, Majr. Eric Watson said.

A deputy would never make a call for payment over the phone to clear up an outstanding warrant or to pay a fine, Watson said. A fine can only be paid through the courts, and a warrant can only be cleared by the defendant paying the fine through the court of jurisdiction or by the individual serving time in jail, or by having the matter handled by their lawyer, he said.

Anyone receiving a telephone call from a person purporting to be a member of the Charleston County Sheriff's Office or other law-enforcement official seeking money should refuse the demand, write down the caller's telephone number, and report the matter to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office or their local law-enforcement agency.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.