Woman loses nearly $1,500 to familiar scam

Woman loses nearly $1,500 to familiar scam

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro woman and her mom are $1,500 poorer after falling victim to a con artist’s scam.

The 44-year-old victim told a sheriff’s deputy that she had received a call from her boss that “Detective Kevin Johnson” from the Craighead County Sheriff’s Office had called, looking for her.

When she returned the call, she said the “detective” told her she was wanted on a bench warrant for missing jury duty.

He then told the victim she needed to put $1,492.90 on four MoneyPak cards, then send the information and photos of the cards to him.

According to the incident report, the woman borrowed the money from her 64-year-old mom.

It wasn’t until later she realized it was a scam, the report said.

This particular scam has been reported numerous times in the last few years.

As stated previously, to avoid becoming a victim, the CCSO urges everyone to keep these tips in mind when they receive a call asking for money:

  • The sheriff's office will never call and ask for money over the phone.
  • The sheriff's office will never ask anyone to buy prepaid cards.
  • If suspicious of a caller, hang up. Call the sheriff's office, they are happy to help.
  • If someone misses jury duty, they will be summoned to appear before a judge.

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