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CCSO: New scam targets teachers

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CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

A twist on an old scam, according to the Craighead County Sheriff’s Office, takes aim at local school teachers.

According to a news release Wednesday, the sheriff’s office said someone is calling area schools claiming to be a deputy. They claim the call is an emergency and they need to speak to a specific teacher.

When the teacher gets on the line, the deputy says the call is regard to a “high-profile case” and instructs the victim to go to a place of seclusion to finish the conversation.

“When they have done this, the ‘deputy’ explains to the teacher they have missed jury duty and they have to pay a fine,” the news release said. “The ‘deputy’ directs the teacher to go to Walgreens to buy pre-paid cards, and gives further instructions on how to pay the fines.”

So far, the sheriff’s office reports four people have reported receiving the calls, and they expect more.

To avoid becoming a victim, the CCSO urges everyone to keep these tips in mind when they receive a call asking for money:

The sheriff’s office will never call and ask for money over the phone.

The sheriff’s office will never ask anyone to buy prepaid cards.

If suspicious of a caller, hang up. Call the sheriff’s office, they are happy to help.

If someone misses jury duty, they will be summoned to appear before a judge.

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