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JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - A man is impersonating a Jefferson County police officer to collect payments for fake warrants. Police are worried the man may try to scam more people.

A woman says her brother told her the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was attempting to contact her. He said a man identifying himself as a lieutenant told him that she missed jury duty. Her brother said a warrant has been issued for her arrest. The scam artist used a current judge’s name.

The victim called the man identifying himself as a Jefferson County Sheriff’s lieutenant by phone. He told her that if she did not pay $174 within the hour a deputy would arrest her. She was told to get a “secure recharge card” or a PayPal card to pay the money and she would be given a new court date. The victim complied.

The woman called police to on Monday to report she had been scammed. An investigator from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office called the phone number given to the woman. The scammer changed his tune when the investigator identified himself as a representative of the sheriff's office.

"The individual claimed to be with the music group Jefferson Starship, and told the deputy good luck with his investigation," states the release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

The names of the lieutenant and judge used by the scam artist have since been removed from the Jefferson County website.

Police warn that the scammer may still be trying to rip off Jefferson County residents. If you receive a phone call like this, you're advised to check the website “Your Missouri Courts” and click on the quick link to Case.net to see if you have a warrant.