Court officials warn Minnesotans that some people have received fake text messages claiming they could pay $500 to quash a warrant.
The text messages are fake, the officials say, and anyone who gets them should contact their local sheriff’s office.
The texts were being sent in Steele County, in southeastern Minnesota.
Courts have not used texting or emailing for serious matters, usually relying on the mail or, rarely, the telephone.
In 2005, the courts received reports of people calling Minnesotans about allegedly failing to show up for jury duty, a ruse to get information such as Social Security and credit card numbers.