This time from an article in the St. Augustine Record (Florida):
“A man was the victim of an apparent “payday scam” last week, according to a St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office report.
The man said he lost nearly $1,000 over the course of a couple of phone calls.
The first call he received was from a woman who claimed to be from the legal department at Payday Loans, he said. She told him that he owed the company almost $1,000 and had 30 minutes to pay or a warrant for his arrest would be issued.
Scared of being arrested, the man got prepaid cards and put the money on the cards as he was told to do, he said. He spoke with the woman again and gave her the numbers.
After the cards had been depleted, she said he hadn’t moved fast enough so he owed her another $1,000 to prevent an arrest, he said.
He got another call that evening from someone who claimed to be from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, he said. That person said a warrant for his arrest was being issued.
A St. Johns County deputy called the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and found that no one called the victim, according to the report.
The victim said he had taken loans from Payday before, but he hadn’t missed any payments. The deputy he spoke with said that several similar cases have been documented.”