Carrol County Ga -- The Carroll County Sheriff's Office is alerting area residents about a scam that has been reported locally. Captain Jeff Richards says potential victims are receiving phone calls that a relative is in jail and for them to call a number beginning with (888). When they call the number, the call is answered by a messaging system as “the public defender office.” When you are contacted back, you will be asked for money to get your relative out of jail by giving money for a bonding service. Richards says this is a scam. He also says the local public defender’s office does not solicit business for bonding companies.