If Your Phones Caller ID says "Scam Likely", chances are it is. My thing is if yall KNOW its a likely scam, just go ahead and BLOCK the call for me...

Its pretty clear that no matter what kind of filters or "technology" they put in place to prevent it, scammers are gonna scam. You can expect that the scam rate is about to go up with folks getting back income tax returns and just as sure as we were thinking it, the Smith County Sheriff's Office sent us information about one that's going on in the area.

The Smith County Sheriff’s Office has recently been made aware of a new telephone scam.

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According a press release we received, a voice message was left on someone's phone identifying himself as Sgt. Justin Hall of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office and they needed to call him regarding a legal matter. The person who received the message made the smart call after that and notified The Smith County Sheriff's Office to make a report.

Crazy Thing Is, There Is A Sgt. Justin Hall With The Smith County Sheriffs Office.

Smith County
Smith County

Often, scammers make up names but in this case, the person used a real cops name that works for the department which is rather alarming. There is a Sgt. Justin Hall employed with the Sheriff’s Office, however, he had not called anyone leaving voice messages concerning legal matters.

All of these scammers are asking for some kind of monetary “fix” to some sort of fake legal matter such as failing to report to jury duty.

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They tend to prey on the elderly and others who are vulnerable to scare tactics. Please understand that no representative of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office will ever call you and demand money. If you receive a call like this and would like to verify its legitimacy, you may call the SCSO non-emergency number at (903) 566-6600.

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