Telephone scammers falsely claiming to be law enforcement or court officials have called residents in several areas of the state in recent weeks.

            The scammers have used false claims of outstanding warrants and lawsuits in attempts to coerce people into making electronic payments or providing credit card information.

            Senior Status Judge John Hudson of Natchez said an acquaintance contacted him this week after she received a call from someone claiming to be with the Adams County Sheriff’s Department. The caller claimed that a warrant had been issued for her arrest for failure to appear in court, and that she must immediately pay $6,000 via Apple Pay to avoid being taken to jail. When she questioned the legitimacy of the call, someone else called her to vouch for the claim, and the caller identification number falsely showed it to come from the Sheriff’s Office. When she said that she knew Judge Hudson, the caller claimed that there would be repercussions if she contacted the judge. The woman started trying to figure out how to come up with the money, but decided to contact Judge Hudson.

            Judge Hudson reported the scam to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office and contacted local news media. The retired County Court judge works as Resident Jurist assisting Youth Courts around the state. He hasn’t issued arrest warrants in years.

            “It’s just a scam to get money, and…

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