SHERIFFS OFFICE WARN OF EMAIL SCAM SEEKING MONEY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Major John Bean
Office: (870) 541-5351 / Cell (870) 329-5638
JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE WARNS OF EMAIL SCAM REQUESTING MONEY: Jefferson County, Arkansas - November 21, 2023-Jefferson County Sheriff' Office (JCSO) is issuing a pubic warning about a recent email scam that has been reported by a concerned citizen. This particular email comes from PayCourt<email@example.com and makes reference that the JEFFERSON COUNTY CIRCUIT CLERK is trying to make contact with you regarding the settlement of a fine. The email may look like the following:
---------- Forwarded message --------- From: PayCourt <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Tue, Nov 21, 2023 at 10:10 AM Subject: Hello & Good Morning To:
Hello from PayCourt!
We've been asked by JEFFERSON COUNTY CIRCUIT CLERK to make contact with the correct party associated with this case and create a comfortable solution to get this fine resolved. Please let us know what we can do or provide to assist you with this. What's convenient for you? Online/self-help, text, email or phone?
- View/Pay your account online
- Text PC to 22804
- Email email@example.com (or reply to this email)
- Call 217-717-4287
Account Balance Due:
Total Balance Due:
JEFFERSON COUNTY CIRCUIT CLERK
IMPROPER TURN AT INTERSECTION
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If you believe we are contacting you in error, kindly let us know via phone, or email
While looking official, this email address ending in a .com should make you aware it is not from a government sight i.e.... .gov address. The Jefferson County Circuit Clerks Office does not seek out the payments of fines through Pay Court. If there are any questions regarding such information they can be referred to the County Clerks Office at (870) 541-5306.
Be ever mindful that scammers research potential victims on the internet and social media. Then they call or email and deceive their victims into thinking the callers are law enforcement officers, prosecutors, police employees, or other government agencies. They threaten victims with arrest for outstanding warrants or other legal issues. We offer the following precautions, while emphasizing that it is important to verify the legitimacy of any such calls, emails or demands.
- Do not send money or personal information: Legitimate law enforcement or government agencies will not demand immediate payment over the phone or through email.
- Verify the senders identity: If you receive a suspicious email, contact your local law enforcement agency to verify the senders identity and the existence of any warrants or fines.
- Be cautious of high-pressure tactics: Scammers often use threats and urgency to force individuals into making hasty decisions. Take your time to verify any claims.
- Report any suspicious emails: If you receive a suspicious email, please report it to your local law enforcement agency.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is committed to protecting and serving our community, and we appreciate the ongoing support of our citizens in helping us achieve this mission.
If you have any information related to this incident or have been targeted by a similar scam, please contact the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office at (870) 541-5496.