Crime

The Bell County Sheriff's Department warned the public about a scam involving the impersonation of deputy in a news release on Tuesday.

Monday, the sheriff's department received three calls from local doctors who asked to verify whether or not they had active warrants for their arrest. Each person had a phone call that said they were wanted for not appearing for a jury summons, according to the release.

Around 3:30 p.m., investigators got a call from dispatch about a similar call, this time with more information. The call came from someone who called himself James Marshall, a Bell County deputy, and the phone number was 254-739-9913.

The caller told each person that they could take care of the warrant by going to Office Max in Temple and purchasing a green dot card, the release said. The caller also told everyone to remain on the line to verify that they were on their way to the store.

"The Bell County Sheriff's Department wants to advise the public that this is not one of our deputies, and is a scam," the release said.

On Monday, the sheriff's department received six reports related to this type of scam.

254-501-7552 | sullivan@kdhnews.com

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