Cobb Sheriff’s Office warns of phone scam
March 12, 2014 12:00 AM | 6870 views | 1 1 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cobb County Sheriff’s Office has received several recent complaints from Cobb residents saying they have received phone calls from a man representing himself as a member of the “Sheriff’s Office.”

Officials say he informs the resident failed to appear for jury duty and that a warrant has been issued for their arrest. However, if the victim pays a substantial amount of money, the warrant will be dismissed and they will not be taken into custody. The caller may also indicate that if the person pays the “fine” a warrant will not be issued for their arrest.

According to Sheriff Neil Warren, the caller tells the potential victim to make a payment using a “Wal-Mart Money” card. “Once they purchase the card, the person is instructed to provide the card number to the caller” stated Sheriff Warren. “This type of scam has been used for many years and is making a comeback. The Cobb County Sheriff’s Office would not contact a citizen demanding payment of a fine nor does the Sheriff’s Office have the authority to dismiss a warrant.”

Warren said if anyone has a question regarding jury duty to call the Superior Court Jury Administrator at (770) 528-1757 or the State Court Jury Administrator at (770) 528-2628.

If you have received a phone call similar to this, contact the Cobb Sheriff’s Office Investigative Unit at (770) 499-4653.

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March 12, 2014
The Sheriff’s Office would not contact a citizen demanding payment of a fine via a “Wal-Mart Money” card", they expect citizens to take half day off to show up in court and make the payment in person, after patronizing them for going over an speed limit that is - in the great majority of roads - strategically set and placed to generate a high volume of fines. I'll take a Wal-Mart Money scam over the phone anytime, at least it's more convenient way of falling victims to a known scam.
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