Douglas County residents are being scammed by phone callers in relation to Jury Summons.
A man representing himself as a Deputy or Sergeant with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is calling people and telling them that a Bench Warrant has been issued for them because they did not show up for Jury Duty. Since they did not show up, they are required to pay a fine or spend 120 days in jail.
THIS IS A SCAM. DOUGLAS COUNTY DOES NOT MAKE PHONE CALLS ABOUT JURY DUTY, AND DOES NOT ISSUE BENCH WARRANTS, FINES OR JAIL TIME FOR NO-SHOWS FOR JURY DUTY.
Most of the time the person receiving the scam call has never even gotten a Jury Summons, and the scammer tells the person that it doesn’t matter if they didn’t get a notice because it is their responsibility to know when they are supposed to serve on a Jury.
There is no way a person knows when they are supposed to serve on a Jury without receiving a Jury Summons. All Jury Summons are issued by mail by the Douglas County Clerk of Superior Court.
The scammer/caller tells the “offender” to go to Walgreen’s, CVS, or RiteAid and get a green dot or other cash card in the amount of either $500 or $1,000 (amount varies), and then call the scammer back with that card number and all will be forgiven.
THIS IS A SCAM. HE IS TAKING YOUR MONEY!
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office wants to know if you receive a call from this scammer. They are actively trying to track this person down so that he can be prosecuted. DO NOT give the caller any personal information, any credit card number, Social Security number, or anything else. Just get the scammer’s phone number and his instructions, and then call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Unit at 770.920.4910. Do not call the scammer back for any reason.