Phone scam re­ported in Union County

El Dorado News-Times - - News - By Kait­lyn Rig­don Staff Writer Kait­lyn Rig­don can be reached at 870862-6611 or krig­don@el­do­radonews.com.

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.”

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