St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office warning residents about phone scam

The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office is warning the community about a new phone scam.

In this scam, the caller claims there's a problem with your social security card and gives you the option to work with the sheriff's office to correct it, deputies said. The caller then places someone else on the line claiming to be with the sheriff's office and tells you to get a gift card to pay a penalty fee.

The sheriff's and the IRS wouldn't ever ask someone to pay anything with a gift card. Deputies say if you get this type of call, just hang up.