Jefferson County Sheriff's Office warns of warrant scam, says county won't demand money over phone

BEAUMONT - The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of a scam with a local twist today.

The Sheriff's office has received several reports that someone is making calls to area residents claiming to be with the "Jefferson County warrant division" and claiming that there is a warrant out for their arrest for either a criminal offense or for missing "federal grand jury" according to a release from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

The callers are claiming that those with the "warrants" must purchase a "Green Dot Credit Card" at a local store and then turn over the card information to pay the bond or fine and avoid jail according to the release.

Alternately callers are also telling some people obtain a "certain amount of money" and then to meet them somewhere to pay for the warrant or fine all the while being told to stay on the phone the release said.

Anyone receiving a call demanding money over the phone in this manner should be wary of the call and should never meet a stranger demanding money this way the release said.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office will never call you and demand money over the phone  or require you to get money and go to  a certain location to make payment according to the release.

From the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office...

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has received a number of reports from citizens stating that individuals are calling stating that they are with Jefferson County Warrant Division and that they have a warrant out for their arrest for a criminal offense or missing Federal Grand Jury.

There are two ways these individual are trying to scam people out of money.

One, they are being told to go to the store, get a Green Dot Credit Card and give the caller the card information so they can pay the bond or fine so they do not go to jail.

The second way is that they tell them they need to get a certain amount of money and meet them at a certain location while staying on the phone with them the whole time.

Each time the scam artists call a person they are giving different names and on occasion are using different phone numbers. None of these numbers can be traced.

We strongly encourage citizens to be cautious of anyone calling and demanding money over the phone and to not meet strangers to pay them money.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will never call you and demand payment for a warrant over the phone nor require you to get money and go to a certain location for payment.

No legitimate organization should contact you to make any payment with a GreenDot Card.

If you receive a call from one of the scammers call your local law enforcement agency to make a report.  We are actively investigating cases.

Our goal is to keep the citizens of Jefferson County safe and informed.

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