Phone scam reported in Union County
Union County law enforcement is warning residents about a possible scam that tells people they owe fines and tries to collect over the phone or online.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office warns that people should not not pay any fines over the phone or online. If a resident receives a call about paying a fine, that person should contact the sheriff’s office.
A report was filed Tuesday with the Union County Sheriff’s Department stating that an El Dorado property owner had received a phone call referencing a scam. According to the police report, the victim of the scam call stated that the subject called from 870-677-3182, and identified themselves as Lt. Gram. The subject then informed the victim that Union County Judge Mike Loftin had issued a warrant for their arrest. The subject stated that the warrant was for failing to show up for jury duty.
The subject then advised the victim that he had all of their personal information, including date of birth and the property they owned. The subject told the victim that they could pay for the bond by purchasing “money pack cards.”
The report stated that the officer attempted to contact the person at the number, but reached a recorded line advising it was the “Union County Court Service.”
Chief Deputy Charlie Philips said that if someone receives a suspicious call, they should record the number and report it to the sheriff’s office.
“Nobody is going to call you saying ‘we’ve got a warrant, you need to send me money today,’” Phillips said. “They have to go somewhere to pay that fee, either a district court or the sheriff’s office (or) police department. Do not pay anything over the phone or online.”
The website for the administrative office of U.S. federal courts states that “federal courts do not require anyone to provide any sensitive information in a telephone call or email. Most contact between a federal court and a prospective juror will be through the U.S. mail, and any phone contact by real court officials will not include requests for Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, or any other sensitive information.”