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Jones County residents are being targeted by a scammer claiming to be a JCSD employee.

The scammer is telling residents that they owe past due fines, are facing imminent arrest, and are being tracked. The scammer is then either demanding payment over the phone using prepaid cards or cash transfer apps Another version of this scam is spoofing the JCSD Main Office phone number on the incoming call to resident's phones which when leads to a fake "confidential " JCSD voice mail account requesting payment information to be left on voicemail.

Please do not fall for these scams! The Jones County Sheriff's Department will not call you demanding payments over the phone. Sadly, most scams of this type originate from offshore locations where local phone numbers are spoofed.

If you have been contacted by a scammer, please contact the Federal Trade Commission as follows:

If you’ve lost money to a phone scam or have information about the company or scammer who called you, report it at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

If you didn’t lose money and just want to report a call, you can use our streamlined reporting form at DoNotCall.gov.