(Shelby County) The Shelby County Sheriff’s and Trustee offices are warning residents of two scams.
In one of the scams, a caller identifies himself as Sgt. Jimmy Jackson with the SCSO and says a warrant has been issued for the victim’s arrest because he or she missed a court date or jury duty.
The caller says the warrant can be dismissed by paying $460 via a ‘Green Dot’ (pre-paid) card and then calling back with the authorization code.
There are no SCSO employees named Jimmy Jackson, and the sheriff’s office only contacts people about debt collection through a writ issued by the courts.
If you get this call, the SCSO asks you to try to record it and then to contact the office.
The second scam involves someone claiming they’re with the Shelby County Trustee’s Office and asking for paperwork and deeds related to the victim’s property being sold at tax sale.
Property owners are only notified of tax sale action via the U.S. Postal Service. The county will not send a representative to collect.
This individual does not work for Shelby County or the Shelby County Trustee’s Office.
Shelby County notifies property owners of any tax sale action through the U.S. Postal Service.
Shelby County does not request any legal documents in person.
The caller to the Trustee’s Office described the individual as a dark complected male driving a black pick-up. The man provided the resident a yellow card with a name and post office box and phone number.
The Trustee’s Office has made the Memphis Police Department aware of this incident and anyone being solicited by an individual claiming to work for Shelby County or the Shelby County Trustee’s Office is advised to contact the MPD at 901-545-2677 or Sheriff’s Department at 901-222-5600, immediately.