Sheriff’s office warns of phone scam

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is issuing a public safety alert after some people in the community received a phone call from people posing as deputies who are demanding money for missing jury duty.

It's a scam, and you should hang up, the sheriff's office says.

The call goes like this: Someone who says they are a Shelby County deputy tells the person on the phone that they missed jury duty and will be arrested unless they buy a Green Dot Card worth $2,500 and send it to an address.

"We never, ever do that. Neither does IRS. No government agency calls you up, and says send me money on a [pre-paid card]," said Earle Farrell with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. "These con people are very, very good at what they do, and good honest citizens don't want to go to jail, and that's how they pull it off."

The sheriff said if you've received a call like this to immediately report it.

WREG tried calling the alleged scammer's number, but eventually our calls were blocked. We have not heard back either.