For Immediate Release:
Parker County Clerk Jeane Brunson is warning the public about a phone scam being perpetrated by callers impersonating County Clerk court employees.
The scammers tell the person answering the call there is a monetary fine due because they failed to appear for jury duty. They will tell the victim the amount and where to send the money. The caller ID indicates a number that is associated with the County Clerk’s office.
The County Clerk and the Clerk’s employees do not call individuals asking for money or personal information.
To avoid becoming a victim of this type of phone scam, the Clerk offers these tips:
· Always be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls.
· Never give money or personal information to someone with whom you do not have personal ties and did not initiate the call.
· If you receive a call from a person claiming to be from the County Clerk’s office or have a concern about the caller’s claims, please verify the information with the appropriate court officials or law enforcement agency. You may call the County Clerk’s office to verify the call at 817-598-6163. You may also contact the Parker County Sheriff’s Office at 817-594-3213.
The County Clerk's Office provides a variety of services including:
- Recording Public Records
- Birth, death, and marriage records
- Court records - CCL1, CCL2, Probate, Mental Health
- Assumed Name Certificates
- Register Brands
As County Clerk, it is my mission to provide competent and quality service to all citizens, as well as visitors, by providing a well-trained, informed and competent staff who have access to and use of current and accurate technology. Further, my goal is and has always been to provide this service and technology at a minimum cost to the taxpayers of Parker County while preserving its' vast and rich history.
A Brief Insight Into What's Happening in the Parker County Clerk's Office
The County Clerk's immediate general administrative duties include securing a bond, taking an oath of office, deputizing staff and securing errors and omissions insurance herself and all her appointed deputies. Deputy County Clerks act on behalf of the County Clerk by signing documents, filing all new pleadings, documents and issuing citations and warrants in both the Courts and Records and Deeds Divisions, using the seal of Parker County to authenticate actions of the County Clerk, certify and issue documents, administer oaths, as well as other numerous actions.
The primary statutory provisions for the support of the Records and Deeds Division, both County Courts at Law, Criminal and Civil Divisions, as well as Parker County Probate Court are found in the Texas Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure, Government Code, Rules of Civil Procedure, Local Government Code, Health and Safety Code and Estate Code, f/k/a Probate Code. A specific and vast knowledge of all the foregoing statutes is required to conduct business in every division of the County Clerk's office. A working knowledge and understanding of the many laws and statutes of the State of Texas, as well as local rules, is necessary.
In addition to real estate records, the Records and Deeds office is responsible for full scale processing of assumed name certificates, applications for local option sales (beer and wine), DD214's, brands, bonds, agendas, plats and a vast array of other legal documents. The Vital Statistics Division brings forth another set of duties and obligations in issuing and certifying birth and death records. All marriage applications and licenses are processed in the County Clerk's Office according to the guidelines set out by statute.
Finally, and certainly not least, among the other diversified legal duties of the County Clerk is to act as an ex-officio member of the Commissioner's Court. It is there the County Clerk records and maintains minutes of each official session of Commissioner's Court, including regular, special, budget, plat, and emergency sessions. All documents and other paperwork submitted during a session of Commissioner's Court is transcribed and permanently maintained by the County Clerk.