TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX)- Citizens of Twin Falls are now target of a phone scam attempting to get money. According to the City of Twin Falls people have said a person called them with a heavy accent claiming to be with police.

The caller tells the victim that they are calling because of outstanding traffic warrants. The scammer calls from a 202 area code.  The scammers have also threatened victims with fines and jail time for issues, such as failure to appear for jury duty, tax fraud, or outstanding traffic tickets. Detectives with the Twin Falls Police Department who investigated the phone scam, say the scammers asks victims to purchase a pre-paid card at local retailers.

They are then asked to provide the card numbers to the scammers, who transfer the pre-paid balance to an international bank account. The Twin Falls Police department says they would never contact or ask a person do handle warrants this way.