JACKSON, MS – Several reports are coming in to the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department about a jury warrant scam.
Othor Cain with the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department says victims have gotten calls or voice mails from someone identifying themselves as personnel of the Hinds County Sheriff’s Dept. or officers of the Hinds County Court.
The victim is then told that a warrant has been issued for their arrest because they failed to show up in court after receiving a jury duty summons.
The person says the victim can either call back and report to the courthouse at 407 E. Pascagoula St. or go buy a prepaid card or go to Western Union and call back. The scammer then asks the victim to read the number on the card over the phone.
An official release says “many victims have advised that what made this believable was the following facts:
- The scammers had no accents or southern type accents
- The scammers knew about Jackson (i.e.: address of stores and address of courthouse, etc.)
- The scammers knew about law enforcement and the court system
- The scammers came off as professional.”
Cain says no neither agency that the scammer/scammers is claiming to be affiliated with will ask for payment over the phone and information such as names of court officials and addresses can be easily found online.
He also says “anyone receiving a voicemail message or call like this is urged to log down as much information about the call including names, phone numbers, agency name used, and payment instructions and call the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department, Criminal Investigations at 601-974-2914.”