The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department has received numerous phone calls regarding a phone scam as of Friday, Aug. 11.
According to a press release from the sheriff’s department, the caller is telling people they have a failure to appear warrant and/or a contempt of court warrant through the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, actually using the names of real deputies. According to the caller, they are asking the victim to drive to the Harrison County jail and pay $875 or go to jail for the warrant, the department said. The caller asks for payment through the jail kiosk.
A previous similar scam in 2016 was traced back to a correctional facility in Atmore, Alabama.
The department said no law enforcement agency or court system uses a phone calling system to address old fines or warrants through the courts. It is instead handled by personal service or hand-delivered subpoena.
The department warns that any time someone calls saying they are with a police agency asking for money, it is a scam.