Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said someone is calling and advising people that they failed to appear in criminal court or grand jury.
The caller identifies himself as Lt. Allen, and the intended victims are told if they pay $500 they will not be arrested.
There was a Hawkins County Grand Jury session last week but arraignments on new criminal court defendants aren’t until Friday.
“The proper procedure for an FTA (failure to appear) in court is a warrant or capias being issued for the arrest of the person,” Lawson said. “There there is never a call attempting to collect money. If you receive such a call, disregard it. I advise anyone receiving calls from a number they don't recognize, don't answer it. These call originate from other countries.”