‘Jury duty’ scam continues; woman conned out of $1,000
A scam that involves the victim receiving a phone call warning that a warrant has been issued for their arrest because they missed jury duty is continuing to impact Yavapai County residents, and a Cornville woman lost $1,000 to the con artists in the last week, said Sheriff’s spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn.
“Many who receive such calls are aware of the scam and simply hang up,” D’Evelyn said.
One who did not hang up was a 28-year-old woman, who was convinced that she was in trouble if she didn’t pay a $2,000 fine.
She was told by a man claiming to be Deputy Alan Scott to buy prepaid credit cards and deposit them into a kiosk at the Sheriff’s office on Gurley Street in Prescott, but first, the suspect needed the numbers to be read off the cards to him, D’Evelyn said.
Referring to a kiosk was a bluff, as there is no kiosk of any kind at the Sheriff’s office.
The victim bought two $500 cards to be used as a down payment, and gave the suspect the numbers.
She called the Sheriff’s office, only to learn that there is no Deputy Alan Scott and the YCSO does not make such phone calls.
The suspect had already withdrawn the funds from the cards.
The victim told deputies that she had been called the next day by the suspect, who tried to get the remainder of the money, but she didn’t give it to him.
D’Evelyn said that, although there is no Deputy Alan Scott, the scammers have been known to use the names of real deputies in this con.
“Either way, these calls are always fraudulent,” he said. “Law enforcement agencies and court officials will never call to solicit payment on a warrant in this manner.”
He added that investigators are using phone records in an effort to find the suspect.