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Sheriff warns of jury scam

September 4, 2014 by Phil Major

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler is warning the public of impersonators attempting to scare residents into a scam for profit.
Fowler has been made aware of several incidents where suspects have placed phone calls to targeted citizens stating they are county representatives.
The caller informs the victim they have failed to appear for jury duty, resulting in a monetary fine. The suspects then threaten the victim with the issuance of an arrest warrant if the victim refuses to pay the fine.
The caller then instructs the victim to pay the alleged fine by using a debit or credit card, over the phone.
The victims are requested to provide their debit or credit card number along with the three-digit security code located on the back of the card. The suspects end the call by directing the victim to contact the county court house or county clerk in order to remove the victim’s alleged warrant in light of their “payment.”
Fowler said county officials do not advise residents of failure to appear for jury duty or warrant notifications by phone.
“It’s disheartening to see anyone scammed out of their hard-earned money,” Fowler said. “These suspects carry out devious actions and their scheme is calculated. Parker County officials certainly do not contact citizens seeking payments for fines over the phone.”
The Parker County Sheriff’s Office sends failure to appear notices only by the United States Postal Service mail system.
Fowler encourages residents to contact the Sheriff’s Office to report any suspicious calls from individuals soliciting money.

Sports Calendar

Tuesday, March 3

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats JV at Waxahachie JV Tournament at Waxahachie Country Club.

  • Aledo Bearcats at Crowley, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Crowley at Bearcat Stadium, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Joshua at AHS Softball Field, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

Wednesday, March 4

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity Orange at Glen Rose Invitational at Squaw Valley Golf Course Links Course.

Thursday, March 5

  • Aledo Ladycats JV at Brewer Tournament, Time TBA

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity at A&M Consolidated Tournament, College Station, Time TBA

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Southwest and Arlington Heights Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats JV at Granbury Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Weatherford Tournament, Times TBA.

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats at Boswell
    Aledo Middle School at Stephenville

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Brock at Brock High School, 4:30 pm

Friday, March 6

  • Aledo Varsity at Chisholm Trail Tournament, all day

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity Black and Orange at Bearcat Brawl at Split Rail Links and Golf Club.

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Burleson at Bearcat Stadium, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *Senior Night & District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats at Burleson, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

Monday, March 9

  • Aledo Ladycats at Burleson Centennial, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

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