Citizens were concerned because of a phone call they received where the scam artist claims they have ignored a federal subpoena, TSCO says. The scam artist identifies himself as "Lt. John Martin, of the Taylor County Sheriff's Office." According to TCSO, the caller tells the citizen that they haven't responded to a federal subpoena they received and that they will be arrested for it. He further asks for a payment in order to avoid arrest.
So far, ten calls have been made on Saturday. Public information officer Lt. John Cummins says this type of scam has been going on for a few years. He reminds people answering phone calls that a real officer wouldn't call a citizen and demand money in lieu of an arrest. In addition, if a subpoena has supposedly been ignored or overlooked, the citizen would have been served with the subpoena, in-person, by an officer.