Scam Alert- Residents of Lawton Report New Scam in Town
There's a new scam in town, don't fall for it. Looks like some scammers are spending their time quarantined thinking up new ways to dupe you into giving them personal information or cash. Seems like there's a new scam every second so you've always got to be on your toes and aware of what's going on. Otherwise you'll get taken.
This new scam that residents of Lawton are reporting threatens you with jail time unless you pay. Here's exactly how the scam works: basically you get a call from someone who posses as a Comanche County Sheriff's Department deputy or an official employee of the the department. They advise you that there's a warrant out for your arrest due to missing a jury summons or jury duty. The scammers try to convince you that you won't be arrested and jailed if you pay the fine and court fees associated with the warrant.
They ask for a money order or other means of payment to settle the matter. Whatever you do, don't pay or give any personal information to these people, it's a scam. The Sheriff's Department does not operate like this. They don't call people and ask them for money to avoid being arrested for skipping jury duty. That's not how it works.
If you are contacted by anyone from the Sheriff's office or the Comanche County Courthouse and it sounds a little fishy, especially if they're calling you and asking for money. Always verify who you're speaking with and that's it's legit. You can always double check by calling back using the published number and explaining your situation. Ask if you were contacted and tell them what the call was about to make sure you're not getting scammed. It's always better to be safe than sorry.