Shelby County Sheriff's Office warning residents of phone scam

CENTER, Texas (KETK) - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents of a telephone scam.

The caller impersonates a law enforcement officer with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and claims he or she has arrest warrants for not appearing for a grand jury summons. The caller will request that the subject pay court costs and/or a retainer fee.

The number the caller is using belongs to a Shelby County employee. Once the call is answered, the caller will give instructions to call what appears to be a switchboard at the Shelby County Courthouse. They will ask you for credit card information. This is a scam.

The SCSO urges anyone who receives such a call not to give out any information.

Anyone with questions concerning this scam is asked to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 936-598-5601.

This scam has been making the rounds of East Texas. Anyone receiving such a call from their respective sheriff's office is asked to report it. Numerous law enforcement agencies have stressed that they do not make such calls regarding warrants.

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