Fraud Alert - Jury Duty Scam

08/15/2014

From time to time the Sheriff’s Office sends out alerts regarding popular crimes. The Jury Duty Scam is a new hoax that has been taking place recently; and here’s what happens:

  1. A caller, identifying himself as a “Lieutenant” from the local county's Sheriff’s Office, informs the victim that they have failed to respond to a Grand Jury summons and have a warrant for their arrest.
  2. The “Lieutenant” proceeds to tell the victim that the arrest warrant can be waived by paying a fee.
  3. The scammer instructs the victim to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak Card from CVS and provide the serial number on the back.
  4. If the victim has doubts about the call’s legitimacy, the “Lieutenant” hands the phone to his “Captain” who fraudulently verifies the call.
  5. These scammers use a local phone number. The number they use also has fraudulent voicemail message: “You have reached the desk of ‘Lieutenant ____’ with the Sheriff’s Department, leave your name, number and a brief message and I will return your call”.

Under NO circumstance will the Sheriff’s Office contact you asking for money and/or threatening arrest over the phone. Anyone who receives such a call is advised to simply hang up and report the incident immediately to the Sheriff's Office Fraud Line. It's important to keep your personal information and your money safe. Before believing a caller, always do your research to make sure you are not receiving a fraudulent call.