Cape Girardeau woman speaks out about Scott Co. sheriff spam call

Cape Girardeau woman speaks out about Scott Co. sheriff spam call
Published: Oct. 23, 2015 at 6:26 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 23, 2015 at 9:29 PM CDT
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SCOTT COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Some people in the Heartland say they've been receiving calls from a man claiming to be the Scott Co. sheriff and demanding callers to pay a fine.

Stephanie Byrd received a call telling her that she missed jury duty.

"I knew something wasn't quite right," Byrd said.

Byrd said that's what came to her mind when she received the call from a man named Sheriff Donavan Black saying she was wanted for arrest.

"[He said] basically that I had missed a jury duty in July and either I can pay a $989 fine or have a warrant out for my arrest," she said.

Byrd said the guy demanded her to pay for the fine over Paypal or give him her bank information.

That's when she said she knew something wasn't right.

"A part of me was like, 'Um no I didn't get any jury notice, especially for Scott County.' I live in Cape County, so why would I get a notice from them," Byrd said.

So Byrd said she put the man on hold and called her dad, who immediately called the Scott County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Rick Walter told him to tell her it was a scam and to hang up the call.

"The first couple times I've seen that he called it makes people nervous," Walter said. "They think that they have a fine and going to be in trouble with the courts or something."

Walter said calling and asking for someone to pay for a warrant is simply not their office protocol.

"It's all a scam, that's not how we do business," he said. "We don't contact anybody and tell them they have a warrant, if they have a warrant they'll know that whenever we arrest them."

Byrd said she advises everyone to keep their ears open if something isn't sounding right.

"Just be aware of things that are going on around you," she said. "Stuff like this, it's kind of sad that this has to happen, but obviously people have more than enough time to waste on doing stuff like this. So just be aware."

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