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Texoma agencies issue scam call alerts

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GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas -- The Grayson County Sheriff's Office says a new but familiar scam is making the rounds.

As described in a Facebook post, victims get a call saying they owe the county money for failing to appear in court or for jury duty. The scammer claims to be a Grayson County deputy, and even uses the names of actual deputies.

The caller then asks for banking and personal information to pay the alleged outstanding warrants. Victims may even be asked to get a gift card from a local store and send it to the caller.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Capt. Sarah Bigham said the county would never make calls like these, and a government agency would never request payment in the form of gift cards.

"It goes in cycles," Bigham said. "They change the story every once in a while, but they want the basic information: The financial and personal information."

In Oklahoma, Murray County posted an alert on their Facebook page Monday about a similar scam, but with a twist:  The callers say they are seeking an overdue balance from the electric company.

Officials say you should never give out personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller. Contact your local law enforcement agency if you have been subject to a call seeking money.

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