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From the Smith County Sheriff's office:

SMITH CO (KYTX) - UPDATE 6.2.14: In January and February of this year, reports were released to the public that a jury duty scam was taking place. Victims were scammed out of cash via telephone by someone claiming to be with law enforcement and that the victims owe fines for not showing up for jury duty in Smith County.

Today, Sheriff Larry Smith announced that the scam has returned, with the latest report coming from a Smith County woman who did not comply with the scammer’s request.

“The woman called her daughter, who in turn called me,” said Sheriff Larry Smith. “I am glad that this lady was not taken by the scammer, but unfortunately others have been. We’ve connected the individuals who are perpetrating the scam to prison inmates in Georgia and New York and some arrests were made last week, but we’re working with law enforcement agencies in those states to continue the investigation.”

Here is how the scam works:

An individual claiming to be with the Smith County Sheriff's Office is contacting individuals claiming that they owe fines for missing jury duty. This person is not connected to the Sheriff’s Office.

In January, a man contacted an individual in the Whitehouse area saying that he owed a fine for missing jury duty. He instructed the individual to go to a local pharmacy and buy a pre-paid money card and then call back with the numbers on the back of the card.

The individual did as instructed, but was then contacted again by the man saying that the card did not go through and that they would need to purchase another and call back with the new numbers. Before the man called back with the second set of numbers, he spoke with the Whitehouse Police Department who told him it was a scam.

Also in January, a Smith County woman was allegedly taken for $500 through the same scam tactics.

Everyone who receives a jury summons should report for jury duty as instructed, but no member of the Smith County Sheriff's Office or any other law enforcement agency will contact a citizen and ask for a fine to be paid in this manner. There are currently no outstanding warrants related to any jury summons and no one from the Smith County Sheriff's Office or any other law enforcement agency is collecting fines by phone.

If anyone receives a similar call, please contact the Smith County Sheriff's Office immediately at 903-566-6600.

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