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Deputies warn citizens of jury duty phone scam

PRESS RELEASE

Date:  June 15, 2017

Narrative:  Telephone SCAM involving Jury Duty reporting – Callaway County

Between June 13, 2017 and June 15, 2017, the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple calls from county citizens reporting a telephone scam.  Per the citizens, the caller is a male subject claiming to be a deputy with the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.  The citizens are being told they have a warrant for the arrest for failing to appear for jury duty.  The citizens are then being told they can possibly dispose of the warrant over the telephone, whereas the caller is seeking personal information, to include social security numbers.

THIS IS A SCAM!!  Citizens are reminded it is not the standard practice of the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office to contact citizens via telephone to advise of an arrest warrant.  Furthermore, arrest warrants cannot be resolved over the telephone; therefore, no law enforcement or court official would seek personal or financial information over the telephone in this manner.

While there are possible court sanctions for failing to appear for jury duty, those are initiated in the court system and respective citizens will be contacted personally by a deputy or court official.

Citizens are reminded to never given personal or financial information over the telephone during an unsolicited telephone call.

End of press release.