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The scams just keep on coming

June 24, 2014

By John Austin, Cleburne Times-Review, Texas



June 24--The jury duty scam has not surfaced in Johnson County but other Texas counties are reporting a schemes in which resident receive calls from someone posing as a deputy.

The caller claims there's a warrant being issued for failure to appear for jury duty. The caller may tell the person being called that they can take care of the warrant by having them to send a payment using a Green Dot debit card.

In some instances no request for warrant payment is made, but in most all instances the potential victim was told that the caller has a lot of personal information about them.

Calls come from a recurring number, which is answered by a recording. It gives a purported deputy's name and says, "please leave a message and I will return your call."

Green Dot scam

Others have reported receiving a letter from the district clerk's office. The letter also solicits payment via Green Dot.

Contact local law enforcement agencies to report such calls or letters.

Johnson County Sheriff's Office officials say a second scam has been reported in Johnson County.

In this one, an email, purportedly from the FBI, tells recipients they are eligible to receive $2.5 million dollars, provided they pay $225 shipping and handling costs. The contact is supposed to be made via a Yahoo email account.

According to the sheriff's office, "Throughout this email it is evident it was written by someone using English as a second language."

As the sheriff's Wise Eyes alert said, "Don't be deceived. This is a scam. You aren't going to receive $2.5 million. Simply delete the email."

For more on how to avoid being ripped off my scammers who want to get their hands on your money through Green Dot: www.today.com/money/scammers-now-accepting-green-dot-moneypaks-1C8721925.

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