Scam artists leave voicemails pretending to be local government

WATCH: Scam artists leave voicemails pretending to be local government

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It’s one thing to get a call from a scammer pretending to be your local government.

It’s another thing if the person who left the message said they’re specifically looking to speak to you.

Imposters got creative; they started to use real names. They made it sound like they went out of their way to find you specifically.

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They’ll tell you there’s an issue that demands your attention, provide a number, and then a website.

“You may schedule an appointment by calling the number I already stated or by visiting,” the recording said.

If you went to that website, even though it looks real, you would start to see some red flags.

First, local government sites end in .gov not .org.

Less than a month ago, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office warned about a jury scam that directed people to a spoofed SCSO website where they were asked to pay a fee to clear up a warrant.

A sheriff’s office spokesman said they’ll never ask past or prospective jurors for financial information and they’ll never ask anyone to pay a fee to have a warrant removed for missing jury duty.

The website they warned about last month was removed but this new one is awfully similar and it’s an awfully similar scam, too.

A sheriff's office spokesman said you should contact local law enforcement if you run into this.

The Better Business Bureau would like to know about it so they can warn others.