Sheriff’s Office Warns Smith County Residents of Recent Phone Scam | New

The Smith County Sheriff’s Office is warning local residents of a new phone scam circulating in East Texas.

Scammers target residents posing as law enforcement, telling the person they missed a court summons and have a warrant for their arrest, according to a statement from the office from the sheriff of Smith County.

The scammer will then request payment over the phone and provide residents with specific instructions on how to complete the transaction.

Lately, these calls have come from a scammer using the name Sgt. Kevin Mobley of the Tyler Police Department, according to Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Larry Christian. Christian said that in the past, scammers have used his name and the names of other investigators and law enforcement officials.

Christian warns residents to be aware of these scams.

“At no time will anyone from the sheriff’s office call someone randomly and ask for money,” Christian said. “No law enforcement agency will ever accept bail or any other form of payment from anyone in connection with a criminal, traffic or civil charge.”

Christian encourages residents to pass this information on to family members and friends who may fall victim to these scams. The best way to handle the call is to hang up the phone immediately.

Smith County Sheriff's Office warns of scammers after Tyler resident

“Please don’t let yourself be victimized by these scammers,” Christian said.

To report fraudulent calls, contact the Sheriff’s Office at (903) 566-6600. You can also check for any suspicious calls by calling the sheriff’s office or your local police department.

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