The Hood County Clerk’s Office has reported that there is a new scam surfacing around Hood County.

The scammers call and identify themselves as being affiliated with the County Clerk or Hood County Sheriff’s Office, sometimes using the name of a detective.

They state that the individual needs to pay a fine by purchasing a gift card, cutting the gift card in half and then sending the gift card to the County Clerk’s Office with a receipt and no return address.

County Clerk Katie Lang said that the Hood County Clerk’s Office does not call people for payment of fines and will never ask for financial information over the phone.