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Senator West Warns Of Phone Scam In Dallas

Madeline Schmitt | CBSDFW.com |

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – State Senator Royce West (D-Dallas) is warning Dallas residents of a phone scam, after he received a call from a constituent who was frantically seeking assistance Saturday. The unidentified constituent told West he was contacted by someone who identified themselves as a member of law enforcement and asked for money to avoid the constituent’s arrest.

According to West, the constituent said law enforcement demanded money for “…his a failure to show up for jury duty.”

The constituent was told the only way to stop the arrest was to bring two blank money orders to 600 Commerce Street.

West then called Dallas County Judge Gena Slaughter, who told him that no such activity is currently authorized or permitted by Dallas law enforcement agencies.

The senator is urging citizens to disregard any similar phone call scams. He asks citizens not to bring money orders or cash to a location to have a warrant lifted.
West said the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office is now aware of the incident.

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