Polk County residents have been calling the sheriff’s office about requesting payment for warrants. The odd part was that they were asking for payment of the warrants in the form of gift cards.

“The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is receiving information about a scam where someone is calling, identifying themselves as a deputy,” a statement from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said. “Do not provide any information or payments, this is a scam.”

Burnett County Sheriff Tracy Finch told the Sentinel her department has not gotten any calls regarding this scam. She added they do get an abundance of phone calls regarding spam and scam calls.

Polk County Sheriff’s office stated, “The suspect requests payment in the form of gift cards.”

The sheriff’s office said if you get a similar call to document the phone numbers and call your local law enforcement agency to file a report.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office reminds people that deputies and local law enforcement “never take a direct payment by phone, this is an attempted fraud.”

There was more than 4 billion robocalls made to Americans in the month of January alone. That’s almost a 4% increase from December.

If this trend continues Americans could receive almost 50 billion robocalls, which would be the most calls by any year except 2019.

YouMail, a communications platform provided these statistics.

To find out more about blocking phone calls head to https://www.fcc.gov/call-blocking.