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Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office warns of active jury scam (hear scam call)
Suspects ID themselves as police officers, claim victim missed jury duty and demands money

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating those responsible for a “jury scam” in the area and is asking the public’s help for information.

YCSO and area law enforcement agencies have received several reports from victims of the jury scam in the past few days, according to a press release.

HOW IT WORKS

In the scam, suspects call and identify themselves as police officers or deputies and claim to the victim that jury duty was missed resulting in an arrest warrant.

If the victim has caller ID, it will show the actual phone number for a police agency or YCSO. The scammer uses special software to make the legitimate phone number appear on the caller ID.

In one recent case, a victim lost over $3,000 after he supplied pre-paid credit card numbers to the scammer to pay a ‘fine’ on the warrant.

RECENT CALL CAUGHT ON TAPE

In one of the recent reports, a recording of the scam call was obtained, according to YCSO.

In the call, the ‘deputy sheriff,’ aka suspect, notified the victim of a missed jury duty appearance a federal court case.

In the recording, the suspect tries to convince the victim warrants have been issued and avoids allowing the victim to call back and verify the phone number. The suspect merely suggests the victim ‘Google’ the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office to verify the number.

Towards the end of the call, the suspect puts his ‘supervisor’ on the line which will eventually lead to a demand to pay fines in the amount of $3,000, usually with pre-paid gift cards.

POLICE TIP

Law enforcement agencies and court officials will never call to solicit payment on a warrant in this manner.

YCSO NEEDS YOUR HELP

Please share this information with family and friends. YCSO encourages merchants who sell pre-paid credit cards to educate employees and share this information with customers who may not realize they are being victimized.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Yavapai County Jury information can be found online at: courts.yavapai.us/clerk/Juror-Info/Frequently-Asked-Questions. Additional information and a video can be found online at this link or see the video below.

Residents can contact YCSO with information or questions at 928-771-3260, or online at ycsoaz.gov.

Brian M. Bergner Jr. is news/sports editor for The Daily Courier of Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and SoundCloud at @TheEditorDesk. Email bbergner@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.

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