Circuit Clerk Phone Scam
Law enforcement in Mississippi are warning residents about a phone scam.
Who Is It Targeting: Residents of Oktibbeha County
What Is It: Residents of Mississippi, particularly in the county of Oktibbeha, are reporting being called by someone from the Circuit Clerk's office and being threatened with a warrant for their arrest. The current Circuit Clerk, Glenn Hamilton, has received calls from concerned citizens who stated that someone called them representing the office and stating that the District Attorney had filed a warrant for their arrest. They were then told that the warrant could be taken care of by submitting payment over the phone. The callers do not represent the Circuit Clerk's office and there is no warrant.
What Are They After: Direct Payment
How Can You Avoid It: Law enforcement will never call an individual to tell them they have a warrant for their arrest. Even if that were the case, warrants cannot be cleared up via phone payment. If you receive this phone call simply hang up. You should then report it to the Oktibbeha Sherrif's Department by calling 662-323-2421. If you have provided payment information, there is a good chance you will not be able to get your money back. However, if you also provided personal information, such as a Social Security number or banking account information, you should call the Identity Theft Resource Center at 888-400-5530 to learn about further action you should take to protect your identity.
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