A Rowan County woman was almost scammed out of $1,500 after a man called her and said she owed money for outstanding warrants.

WBTV reported that the Salisbury woman received a call on Sunday from a man claiming to be a sergeant with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. The man told her she had to pay for outstanding warrants for failing to appear in court and contempt of court.

He told her to go to the nearest Food Lion and get a reloadable gift card and give him the card number, WBTV reported. The woman did as the caller asked, but her husband went to the magistrate’s office and found out there were no warrants.

Police stopped the transaction before the scammer got the money. The sheriff’s department said it will never call someone and ask them to purchase anything.

The case is still under investigation.

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