Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard reports an increase in recent telephone scams during which the callers indicate they are from law enforcement.

The callers will indicate the person has warrants, unpaid fines or failed to report for jury duty.

Goddard, in a news release, reminded the community that any calls like these are not legitimate and should be reported to local law enforcement.

"We are seeing an increase in calls from citizens reporting they were instructed to buy gift cards and to send these to the caller in exchange for not being arrested. These subjects are counting on persuading you through fear and intimidation and no one should ever pay a debt to any government entity, particularly law enforcement, via gift cards," Goddard said in the news release. "When in doubt, hang up and call the agency directly by looking up their telephone number yourself."