The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning Thursday regarding a phone scam in which an unknown suspect calls residents, identifies himself as local law enforcement and asks for money.

The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning Thursday regarding a phone scam in which an unknown suspect calls residents, identifies himself as local law enforcement and asks for money.


The suspect has been calling local residents identifying himself as a sergeant or lieutenant with the Sheriff’s Office or Police Department, the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office said in a written statement. The suspect possibly uses the last name "Owens" during the calls.


The suspect tells the victim they missed jury duty and are now facing jail time unless they pay a fine. They instruct the victim to go to a local store and get $2,000 in PayPal cards or money orders. Once this is done, the suspect tells the victim to scratch off the back of the card and tell him the card’s code. This allows the suspect to gain access to the money.


"The Sheriff’s Office is not calling people, and we will never tell you to go get PayPal cards to pay your fines," the statement said.


Anyone receiving this type of phone call should hang up and report the call to law enforcement. Those with caller ID should write down the caller’s number to include with the report.


Residents who miss jury duty could potentially be charged with contempt and become subject to a fine ranging from $100 to $1,000. The jail term for contempt is at the discretion of the judge, the statement said.