Scam Alert- Fake Calls From Police With Arrest Warrants!
BEWARE. There's a new, or a new spin on a recent scam making the rounds in Lawton, Fort Sill. Whatever you do DON'T FALL FOR IT. It's very similar to the scam we reported several months ago where you'd receive a random call from an unknown number. The person on the phone tells you, or leaves a message saying they're with the Lawton Police Department. They may even say they're an officer and that there's a warrant out for your arrest. They instruct you to pay a fine or be taken to jail. IT'S A SCAM!
Looks like some scammers are spending their free time thinking up new ways to dupe you into giving them personal information or cash. Seems like there's a new scam every second so you've always got to be on your toes and aware of what's going on. Otherwise you'll get taken.
This scam that residents of Lawton are reporting threatens you with jail time unless you pay. Here's exactly how the scam works: basically you get a call from someone who posses as a Lawton Police Officer or an official employee of the the department. They advise you that there's a warrant out for your arrest due to missing a jury summons or jury duty. The scammers try to convince you that you won't be arrested and jailed if you pay the fine and court fees associated with the warrant.
They ask for a money order or other means of payment to settle the matter. Whatever you do, don't pay or give any personal information to these people, it's a scam. The Lawton Police Department does not operate like this. They don't call people and ask them for money to avoid being arrested for skipping jury duty.
If you are contacted by anyone from the Lawton Police Department or the Comanche County Courthouse and it sounds a little fishy, especially if they're calling you and asking for money. Always verify who you're speaking with and that's it's legit. You can always double check by calling back using the published number and explaining your situation. Ask if you were contacted and tell them what the call was about to make sure you're not getting scammed. It's always better to be safe than sorry.