Bowie County Sheriff Jeff Neal has issued the following Scam Alert about an old scam with a new twist.

A new Press Release is out on Bowie County Sheriff Jeff Neal's Facebook Page, this is apparently an old scam going around with a new twist on it that appears to be targeting members of the medical profession, and as usual, the scammers say you have to pay them over the phone.

Sheriff Neals says:

The Bowie County Sheriff's Office has received several calls from citizens in our medical community saying they were contacted by a person claiming to be “Lieutenant Michael Jones” from our office. “Lieutenant Jones” claims these medical professionals have missed court to testify as an expert witness. This is a scam! There are no deputies employed by the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office with the last name of Jones, and we never take payments over the phone.

Scam Alert - Bowie County Sheriff - canva
Scam Alert - Bowie County Sheriff - canva

The report continues with, “Lieutenant Jones” has been calling from this phone number, 903-708-5461. The Sheriff says that this is most likely a spoofed phone number. The Sheriff also states that if you ever have a question about the validity of a phone call coming from the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office, to feel free to contact them at one of their two office numbers, in Texarkana call 903-798-3149, for New Boston call 903-628-6815. The supposed Officers calling you can be verified at either number.

The Sheriff also gave us all this reminder, as a general rule, never give anyone you do not know money over the phone in any fashion.

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