HOUSTON -

The Harris County Sheriff's Office is warning the public about a scheme to solicit money from victims.

According to investigators, suspects are contacting victims by telephone or email claiming to be law enforcement officers collecting debts.

The impersonator will ask the victim to purchase pre-paid gift cards and provide them with the card information when they call back, investigators said.

In some cases the caller falsely claims to be a police officer or deputy.

However, the Harris County Sheriff's Office says they do not solicit or collect money for unpaid tickets, fees, or any other debts over the phone or via email.

Investigators say if you receive such a phone call, never give any personal information to the caller.

If you feel you have been a victim of such a scam, please contact your local law enforcement agency and the Better Business Bureau.