Home > News

Scam callers demanding money from residents for fake warrants

Posted Dec. 28, 2015

Archived Content Information and links provided may no longer be accurate.

The Fort Worth Municipal Court warns of a scam involving phone calls to residents asking for money for unsettled warrants.

The calls are not from Municipal Court officers, who do not call residents to collect payments. Anyone receiving such a bogus call should contact the Fort Worth Police Department at 817-335-4222.

Here’s how the scam works: Phone calls are made to residents from supposed “marshals” who say that arrests will be made if money isn’t immediately sent via Western Union. The requested amounts range from $500-$2,000 per call.

Keep in mind that the Municipal Court does not call people at their residence to collect payment. Instead, letters are mailed to home addresses when a warrant demands attention.

Between 25 and 40 bogus phone calls have been reported in Fort Worth recently, many of them to elderly residents.

To check your warrant status, call the Warrants Office at 817-392-8665 or check online.

In the meantime, never send money to anyone without knowing for certain who you’re speaking to and what the payment is for.

Get articles like this in your inbox weekly. Subscribe to City News

City News


Canceled City of Fort Worth and Fort Worth Police Officers Association Meet and Confer: 8 a.m. June 30, 2016; Multi-Purpose Room #1101, Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex, 505 W Felix St.
View the agenda »

DFW International Airport Board Regular Meeting: 8:30 a.m. June 30, 2016; Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Headquarters Bldg., 2400 Aviation Drive.
View the agenda »

Glenmont, Wilkie Way, Winifred & Wonder Construction Meeting: 6 p.m. June 30, 2016; Westcreek Elementary School, 3401 Walton 76132.

10th Street Sidewalks & Bike Lanes Project Meeting: 6 p.m. June 30, 2016; Fort Worth Central Library - Chappell Room, 500 West 3rd St.

Titus Paulsel Park Playground Project Meeting: 6 p.m. June 30, 2016; Sycamore Community Center, 2525 East Rosedale St.

Area Metropolitan Ambulance Authority - Board of Directors: 8 a.m. July 1, 2016; MedStar Mobile Healthcare, 2900 Alta Mere Dr.
View the agenda »

City Hall Closed - 4th of July Holiday : 8 a.m. July 4, 2016; City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

Canceled Pre-Council & Council Meetings - Summer Break: 3 p.m. July 5, 2016; Pre-Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

View the full city calendar.