Several Shawnee seniors and other residents have been receiving phone scams as of late.
One of the recent scams seniors have been hit with is the grandparent scam, such as receiving calls about a family member needing bail money.
One way to eliminate this scam is to ask for a name and then call the mom or dad of the alleged person in custody and see if they need the money, Pottawatomie County Undersheriff Travis Palmer said.
Another scam still going around involves area residents receiving calls pertaining to a jury duty scam.
Palmer said local residents have reported getting a call from a person trying to convince them that they missed their jury service duty and they must pay $1,000 to avoid a warrant for their arrest, with the caller claiming to be from the sheriff’s office.
“It’s not us,” Palmer said, adding the sheriff’s office won’t call for anything or demand money over the phone.
While this is a scam, Palmer said there are phone apps out there that allow people to clone caller IDs to make people believe it is the sheriff’s office calling, when it is really not.
Anyone who has questions about jury service can always call the court clerk’s office, but anyone who has received such a call or needs to visit with deputies can call 405-275-2526 or 405-273-1727.