Scam Alert: Citizens Are Receiving Scam Calls - Don't Be a Victim
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has received two complaints today from concerned citizens who have received suspicious calls.
In one incident, the victim received a call from a male who identified himself as ACCPD Sergeant Parker. He said he had court documents concerning her and needed an email address so he could send them to her. She gave him an address and when she received the documents, it was an arrest warrant signed by a local judge. A short time later the suspect called back and told her to send a certain amount of money on different cards. Once the money was sent, she was instructed to call him or Lieutenant Scarborough and they would “take care of the warrant.”
In the second incident, the victim received a similar call involving jury duty. The victim was directed by "Officer Parker" to secure an amount of money and wire it to them and they would take care of the "warrant."
Citizens should remember:
• Police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and officers of the court do not call and ask for personal or financial information or to inform them they have warrants. There is never an instance where you can send money and have the warrant “taken care of.” Never send any money via wire transfers for requests such as this.
• Scammers will "spoof" telephone numbers so it appears the call is coming from a legitimate organization. “Spoofing” is when scammers use a device that will allow the telephone network to display a number on the recipients’ caller ID display that is not the actual originating station.
Another common scam involves a call that a relative has been arrested and needs money sent to get them out of jail. Sometimes the caller will have a person get on the line and pretend to be the relative. This line usually has a “bad connection” so the potential victim cannot recognize the “relative’s” voice. If this type call is received, hang up and call the relative at their number to verify if they are actually in need of your assistance.
Always remember - never give out personal information (date of birth, bank or credit card information, etc.) over the telephone – especially to strangers. Never let a stranger know you are home alone, when you will be away, or if you have an alarm system.
If you receive a suspicious phone call, hang up and call the Central Communications non-emergency line at (706) 546-5900 to determine if a police officer or sheriff’s deputy has attempted to contact you.
Board of Tax Equalization
Notice of Appointment to Board of Tax Equalization
Pursuant to OCGA 15-12-81(b) and OCGA 48-5-311, notice is hereby given that the Grand Jury for the July 2014 Term of the Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, which was convened on Monday, July 14,2014, will be required to make the following appointments or reappointments to the Board of Tax Equalization of Athens-Clarke County:
Regular Member, Alternate Member, Two Additional Alternate Members, to be appointed for a term which shall run from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2017. Within the first year after this initial appointment to the Board of Tax Equalization, the member or alternate member shall satisfactorily complete not less than 40 hours of instruction in appraisal and equalization processes and procedures, as prepared and required by the commissioner. The failure of any member or alternate member to fulfill the requirements shall render that member or alternate member ineligible to serve on the board. Thereafter, any person appointed to such board who has completed the initial 40 hours of instruction, shall be required to complete annually a continuing education requirement of at least eight (8) hours of instruction in appraisal and equalization procedures, and the failure of any member or alternate member to fulfill this requirement shall render that member or alternate member ineligible to serve on the board.
Interested citizens are encouraged to submit an application by September 8, 2014 to the Athens-Clarke County Grand Jury, c/o Beverly Logan, Clerk of Superior Court Athens-Clarke County, 325 E. Washington Street, Room 450, Athens, GA 30601 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications can be found at this website on the Forms Menu, Athens-Clarke Forms, Board of Tax Equalization Applicant Questionnaire.
NEW SUBPOENAS FOR ATTORNEY ISSUANCE
We are pleased to provide an Attorney Issued Witness Subpoena and Attorney Issued Subpoena for Production of Evidence in a fill-in Word document.
The forms are located under the Online Documents/Clerk of Superior/ Forms/ACC Forms.
These subpoenas are for Attorney issuance only and have been prepared for Athens-Clarke County Superior and State Court cases. No subpoena shall issue unless a case has been filed in the above mentioned courts. The fee for Clerk's signature and seal on either Witness Subpoena or Production of Evidence Subpoena is still $5.00.
Pursuant to OCGA 24-13-21(c-h), this subpoena form is being provided to the attorney of record and shall be completed prior to service upon the witness. If an individual misuses a subpoena, he or she shall be subject to punishment for contempt of court and shall be punished by a fine of not more than $300.00 or not more than 20 days imprisonment, or both. A witness may contact the Clerk of Court's office to verify this subpoena was issued for a valid case.
Hazardous Site Inventory July 1, 2014