Shelby County Sheriff's Office warns of phone call scam

Shelby County Sheriff's Office warns of phone call scam

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - It's a scam circulating around the Mid-south. Someone posing as law enforcement calls and says you're in trouble, but if you pay up, it will be okay.

"I say 'Who's dumb enough to fall for that?' I'm dumb enough to fall for that. I fell for that."

WMC Action News Five employee Maggie Green's call said she didn't show up for a grand jury.

"He said I need to appear in court and my license was suspended," Green said. He also asked her to pay him an $800 bond over the phone.

So Maggie Green, who graduated from Yale and works at WMC as part of our web team and reads about these kind of scams all the time, gave him her debit card number.

"He sounded official. He sounded like he knew what he was talking about."

WMC Action News 5 reporter Janice Broach decided to give the man a call back, to which he answered as "Sergeant Jackson, warrants division."

"Yes you called me about jury and I don't even know what you're talking about," Janice replied. "I need to know how to settle this."

When given a name, "Sergeant Jackson" said he had called a lot of people and had to check.

"This was a grand jury selection process you failed to show up at," he said,

"Sergeant Jackson, this is Janice Broach with Channel 5 and this is a scam," Janice replied. He remained cool anyway.  "Who are you? Reveal yourself."

He said again his name was Sgt. Jackson.

"Well the Shelby County Sheriff's Department is not aware of you," Janice said.

He said, "They just haven't updated their records." Then he hung up.

The Shelby County Sheriff's office said they will never call asking for a debit, credit or prepaid card for a payment. It is a huge red flag.

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