The King County Sheriff’s Office says it continues to hear about a jury duty scam that has been occurring in the Seattle area over the last couple of years.
Someone may call your phone number and identify themselves as a King County deputy or detective and tell you that you failed to show up for jury duty, according to a Sheriff’s Office media release.
Once they have your attention they will threaten you with jail unless you pay a fine immediately. Usually they will request a credit card number over the phone or even ask you to go to a nearby store to purchase a gift card and then tell them the card number.
The Sheriff’s Office says it is a scam and people should not give the caller any money.
Most of the residents who have called the Sheriff’s Office checking the validity of the call have not given any money to the scammers. People should simply hang up if they receive a similar call.
The Sheriff’s Office does not call people about a warrant and ask them to pay over the phone.