Jasper County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Scotty Duncan said Friday afternoon that a telephone scammer has been calling local residents, claiming to be a Jasper County deputy, and telling them that they have an arrest warrant and need to immediately pay a fine.

Duncan said the scammer tells the intended victim that they failed to show up for jury duty, or other offenses, and he then tries to get them to pay. Duncan said the suspect is so convincing, one woman sent him $500.00, and another woman showed up at the sheriff’s department to turn herself in, thinking that she actually had an arrest warrant.

According to Duncan, the scammer’s number that is showing up on caller ID is 409-237-2926.

Duncan said if you receive one of these calls, do not send the caller money, and if you want to know if you actually do have a warrant for your arrest, you need to call the sheriff’s department directly at 409-384-5417.

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