KJAS in Jasper, TX, is reporting a local woman had been taken for thousands of dollars by a telephone scammer. Jasper County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Scott Duncan didn't reveal her identity, but said she is an older woman who lives between Kirbyville and Buna.

Duncan shared that the scammer claimed to be with law enforcement and told the woman that she had a warrant for her arrest and that she had to pay a large fine in order to not be arrested and jailed. Unfortunately, the woman fell for it and sent the scammer the money.

If you've received any of these calls, you know how aggressive they can be and how realistic they can sound. Duncan reports that they also look up local law enforcement and identify themselves using those names.

If you receive one of these calls, do not tell the person any information about yourself and do not send them money. If you want to find out if you have a warrant for your arrest, you can go in person to your local law enforcement agency and they will inform you if you do.

This is why we ask you to check on your older neighbors and family members. Let them know what the scams are and to call you before they make a payment on anything that comes over the phone. If they are not up to speed on social media it's far too easy for them to become prey.

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