Individuals have spoofed the phone number of the Austin Municipal Court, meaning their phone number appears to be coming from the court when it is not. In an attempt to add credibility, these individuals use fake calls to represent themselves as law enforcement officers and use aggressive or urgent language, demanding you show up at a similar address as the court or pay “legal fees” to clear a warrant. The Austin Municipal Court does not employ law enforcement. These calls do not originate from the court and are fraudulent.
Scam artists will sometimes impersonate government officials to try to add credibility to their scheme. Please call, live chat or email the court to report any instances of vishing or suspicious communications.
Also, be aware of the following:
- Use of scare tactics, such as claiming your loved one is in danger, or you may be arrested if you do not take immediate action.
- Asking you to pay using money transfers, cryptocurrency, or gift cards.
- Pressure to act immediately.
Scams may also include calls regarding a missed date for Jury Duty. There is no cost to have your jury service date reset. If an emergency arises that prevents you from reporting, please call (512) 974-4800 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
You may also call Austin Municipal Court Monday- Friday, 8am-5pm, to check the status of any citations.