Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler is warning residents not to fall for a phone scam involving jury duty.
His department has learned of several incidents in which callers claiming to work for the county tell residents that because they failed to show up for jury duty, they must pay fines or they will be arrested, he said.
The callers tell the residents to pay the fines with debit or credit cards over the phone, he said.
County officials do not contact residents by phone for failure to appear for jury duty, Fowler said. Notifications are sent by mail.
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Fowler urges residents to call 817-594-8845 to report suspicious calls from people asking for money.
Tarrant County officials have reported similar scams. It has been around at least since 2005 in several states, according to the watchdog website Snopes.com. — Staff report