Published: Dec 17, 2012 4:11 PM EST
Updated: Dec 17, 2012 4:55 PM EST

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Lieutenant Chad Parker hopes a simple phone call to his office will prevent Collier County residents from unknowingly taking part in a scam.

"Instead of people just sending their money or depositing a check, only to fall victim to an advanced check fee scam, they can call us Monday to Friday, anytime between 8am and 4pm, and we will tell them that based on what we have seen in the area, it's most likely a scam and not to send their money," said Lt. Parker.

The most common scam comes from someone claiming to be a law enforcement officer or collections agency.

"Saying there's a warrant for your arrest and if you don't submit some type of payment, you're going to be arrested, and i can tell you right now that no law enforcement agency, local state or federal is going to require you to send some type of funds or otherwise you're going to be arrested."

There are other scams that might ask you to deposit a counterfeit check or to send money to Africa, but before you do anything, Lt. Parker asks you call 239-252-CALL.

"This opportunity will give them an out to say let me call and verify first before you send the money."

Lt. Parker said Florida is the number one state for identity theft.