Another phone scam has caused a handful of Carlton County residents to part with their hard-earned money.

According to Carlton County Chief Deputy Brian Belich, several victims were convinced that there was a warrant out for their arrest. They were told to pay immediately or they would be arrested. The callers were very threatening in an attempt to scare the victims into paying.

On a couple of occasions, they succeeded and people did pay with cash or a gift card.

“We will never call seeking money for a warrant over the phone,” Belich said. “We would deal with them in person and go over the details of the warrant.”

Belich advises residents to hang up the phone if they receive a call from someone claiming there is a warrant for their arrest and they are told they need to pay. If residents are still unsure, they can call their local law enforcement agency for additional information.

He said the calls are very difficult to trace and law enforcement usually can't do anything except warn the public.