Sheriff's office warns of phishing scam

Sheriff's office warns of phishing scam

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is warning local residents about a phishing scam targeting the area and citing a lawsuit, ironically, involving a fishing and bait company.

According to a news release from Capt. Crystal Holmes, citizens of Jefferson County have complained about receiving fraudulent email notices stating that they have failed to appear for their jury summons for "State v. Fishing Exploration and Bait Shoppes, Inc." The email further indicates the citizen has three business days to comply, after which the person could be contacted and required to appear in court to stand before the Honorable Judge Judith.

The message then prompts the reader to “Click here” to begin the "SAFE AND SIMPLE" response process. 

Jefferson County does not send out failure to appear email summons, and the email is a phishing scam, meant to obtain a person's information do the scammers can steal information and, ultimately, cash. 

"Do not fall for this scam," JCSO advises. "Just delete the email and move on. No legitimate organization is going to call you and ask to verify your personal information over the phone nor through email. If it is not a trusted company, never do business over the phone nor over the internet."

For more information about scams in the area, visit the BBB scam tracker website at