Sheriff’s office warns of fake jury fines scam

Published on Monday, 13 January 2014 20:46 - Written by Staff Reports

A scam involving fake jury fines was reported in Smith County.

A Whitehouse man was contacted that he owed a fine for not attending jury duty, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. The man claimed to be from the sheriff’s office and told the man to go to a local pharmacy and buy a prepaid money card and call back with the numbers on the back of the card.

The man bought the card and called back but was told the numbers did not go through, and he would need to purchase another card and call back, the release states.

Before the man bought a second card, he called the Whitehouse Police Department and was told the call was a scam.

Officials are warning that residents should still report to jury duty as summoned, but law enforcement will not call and ask for a resident to pay a fine in this manner.

Anyone receiving a similar call should call the sheriff’s office immediately at 903-566-6600.