Emails and phone calls demanding you go to court are a hoax

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This is the email that was recently sent to several local residents

More scams continue in Murfreesboro... Most recently, several local residents received emails suggesting they needed to appear in court this week and if they failed to do so, they could be arrested. The email that one MTSU professor received included an attachment that "if" you downloaded, you would introduce a virus to your computer. Of course, the email was a complete hoax as the courts do not send out emails notifying someone to appear in court. In most cases, you are notified by way of letter or you are actually hand delivered a statement that you sign for, but never an email.

Another incident started with a phone call to a 25-year old on Lascassas Pike. The victim told police that the caller had the same phone number of the Murfreesboro Police Department. Evidently, the number was spoofed.

According to the victim, the caller told him that he had warrants for his arrest that involved drug trafficking. The scammer also suggested that he was wanted on "numerous" other offenses as well. The victim told the male voice on the other end of the line that he was going to have the call traced. After that statement was made, the phone call ended.

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The Sheriff's Office and the Police Department do not call to tell someone they are facing charges. Instead, they actually arrest you.

At this point, no arrests have been made.

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Source:

MPD Incident Report #15-5228

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