KCSO warns of telephone scam threatening arrest over missed jury duty

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The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is alerting people to a telephone scam where scammers threaten potential victims with arrest over missing jury duty.

The sheriff’s office said the scammers call people identifying themselves as a sheriff’s office deputy, telling them they have a warrant for their arrest after missing jury duty and they need to pay a fine.

The culprits tell people on the other end to buy “money paks” or “green dot cards” and transferring the money to the scammers. Often, sheriff’s officials said, the victim is re-contacted asking for more money to cover court costs.

The sheriff’s office says this is a more sophisticated scam since caller ID may show a local telephone number and the suspects tell victims to drive to the sheriff’s headquarters and call them back. Sheriff’s officials also say the scammers can sound authentic and become aggressive to force a victim to make a payment.

KCSO reminds the public that these calls are not coming from anyone with the sheriff’s office and they do not require to pay fines over the telephone or using a specific payment method. You shouldn’t provide money or personal information over the telephone either.

If you’ve received a call like this, you’re asked to call the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 861-3110.

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