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FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- There has been an increase in phone scams over the last couple of months, particularly in the Frederick County, Md. area.

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office reports a recent increase in phone scams and is asking citizens to be alert for telemarketing scammers.

Scammers often call homes claiming to be a family member, according to authorities. The person then tells the victim they have been arrested and they need money to pay attorney fees, the sheriff's office said.

The scammer will then get the victim to buy high dollar reloadable debit cards, which are then transferred over the phone to other types of accounts and credit cards, according to the sheriff's office.

There have been other incidents, including scammers claiming victims owe money to a creditor. Authorities said, victims are asked for personal information such as bank account and credit card information over the phone.

Authorities want to remind the public to pay attention to telemarketing scams and to report any suspicious activity right away to the local law enforcement agency.

Remember to never provide anyone with personal information such as bank accounts, pin numbers or Social Security numbers over the phone.

You can find other tips on how to protect yourself from telemarketing schemes here.

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