Phone scammer pretends to be Denton deputy

There’s a new scammer at work in Denton County impersonating a Denton County Sheriff's deputy.

Kae Willenborg let the machine pick up a message a week ago on Sunday afternoon.

Immediately, she knew something was up.

“I listened to the voicemail and thought, ‘This sounds really odd,’” said Willenborg.

The man demanded she call back. She didn't; instead, she did research.

“I reverse Google searched the number and it led me to some small town in North Texas I'd never heard of, which seemed really weird,” she said.

Willenborg says he addressed her using her legal name, and she found that unnerving.

“It was a very short and sweet message, but you hear background noise, almost like it was in a station,” said Willenborg. “It sounded very official. He had a very authoritative voice. He spoke like law enforcement.”

Denton County officials confirm they're after the man and say Willenborg was a potential victim of a jury duty scam operating in Denton County.

Here's how it works: the con man calls your home number, claims there's a warrant for your arrest for skipping jury duty and that you need to wire him money -- between $200 and $500.

He tells victims to call him back at a 940 number.

The voicemail that plays when the number is called back says, “Yes, this is Sgt. Scott Smith with the Denton County Sheriff's Office. I'm either online or away from my desk. Feel free to leave a brief message. Thank you.”

Only few have spoken to the man. They say he's glib and chatty.

“He's done his homework,” said Sandi Brackeen with the Denton County Sheriff’s Office. “Maybe he even knows your spouse's name. And he has a whole backstory of where he came from and when he came to work here…he can talk with you for hours.”

Officials say the suspect doesn't target an age group nor specific part of Denton County.

Denton County officials want to remind you that they'll never call you if there's a warrant out for your arrest.

“If we have a warrant, we don't call and tell you about it,” said Brackeen. “We come and get them.”

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