Jury duty scammer increasing in efforts

Jury duty scammer increasing in efforts

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The jury scammer that we exposed last week demanding money for missing jury duty is apparently stepping up his efforts, instead of backing down.

We're hearing from more of you who almost fell for his ploy.

Sergeant Jackson, the scam artist, isn't stopping. He even made the mistake of calling WMC's news director Friday to try scamming her. It didn't work.

It is a scam that is all over the Mid-South.

"Said there was a warrant outstanding on a grand jury subpoena," attorney Bryan Smith said.

Smith said he was surprised to hear that allegation when he got a call from a man that said he was Sgt. Jackson with the Sheriff's Department.

Jackson told Smith he was in big trouble. He was told he had a choice: go to jail or pay up.

"They had to pick me up and I would spend the night in jail before I could appear before the judge or I could post a bond and not have to be picked up. That's when I knew it had to be a scam. You would not post a bond over the phone," Smith said.

Smith didn't bite and Jackson hung up.

The scammer has victimized a whole lot of people in the Mid-South and Smith said he knows why the scammer is so successful.

"He was very convincing. It all sounded very plausible. He was very professional during the entire conversation," Smith said.

Earlier in the week, we did a story with victim Maggie Green, who works at Channel 5 on our digital team. She too said the scammer sounded very convincing.

He's apparently not answering my calls anymore, but here's what he said earlier this week.

"This was a grand jury selection process you failed to show up at."

He didn't blink when I confronted him.

"Who are you? Reveal yourself."

"My name is Sgt. Jackson with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department. Yes."

We told him no one at the Sheriff's Department was aware of him or knew of him.

He said they had just not updated their records yet.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office and Memphis police, as well as other Mid-South law enforcement agencies, have received a lot of complaints about the jury duty scam.

They said if you are a victim, file a report with law enforcement.

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