LOWNDES COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) – The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents of a phone scam.
The scammer calls the victims to let them know there is an arrest warrant out for their arrest for failure to appear for jury duty.
The scammer then says a fee will help them avoid jail time.
Lowndes County Chief Deputy Marc Miley says the scammer could get the victims’ credit card number.
Miley says he was contacted late Monday, November 27 by a potential victim who had the good sense to call law enforcement.
A few hours later Miley called the scammer, posing as a target victim.
“Okay. You have a failure to appear and a contempt of court,” the scammer said to Miley. “Each one of them has a $250 bond. Also, you have a late scheduling fee, that’s also another $250.”
Miley says the scammer appears to know a lot about the justice system, including names of judges and addresses. This makes the scammer sound more authoritative.
“Do you know who you’re really talking to?” Miley said to the scammer. “You’re talking to the chief deputy of the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, and I’ve got you now.”
Miley said his office and other law enforcement agencies do not call you and say there’s a warrant out for you, from a judge, for not showing up for jury duty or anything else.
“That not the way we do business,” he said.
If you’ve received this type of phone call, you’re urged to call the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department at 662-329-5817 or your local law enforcement agency.