Oklahoma County court clerk warns of phone collections scam

The Oklahoma County Court Clerk is warning residents of a phone scam where a caller claims the person owes court costs and threatens arrest.
by Matt Dinger Modified: July 3, 2014 at 5:41 pm •  Published: July 3, 2014

The Oklahoma County court clerk warns residents not to be scammed by criminals claiming they owe court costs.

Phone scammers have been calling in an effort to collect bogus court costs, identifying themselves as court clerk staff. They offer discounted court costs for paying immediately by phone using a credit card.

Court costs never can be discounted without a court order, Court Clerk Tim Rhodes said.

“My office has fielded multiple calls recently by citizens frustrated by harassing phone calls claiming call recipients owed court costs,” Rhodes said. “My office does not make such phone calls, and they should never agree to give out credit card information.”

The scammers tell victims they are subject to arrest if the costs are not paid immediately.

The court clerk’s office does employ an outside collections firm, Linebarger, in criminal cases, Rhodes said.

Anyone receiving such a scam call is asked to call the attorney general’s Public Protection Unit at 521-3921. Those who have received the calls are asked to report caller identification information and details of the call.


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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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