Officials say he informs the resident failed to appear for jury duty and that a warrant has been issued for their arrest. However, if the victim pays a substantial amount of money, the warrant will be dismissed and they will not be taken into custody. The caller may also indicate that if the person pays the “fine” a warrant will not be issued for their arrest.
According to Sheriff Neil Warren, the caller tells the potential victim to make a payment using a “Wal-Mart Money” card. “Once they purchase the card, the person is instructed to provide the card number to the caller” stated Sheriff Warren. “This type of scam has been used for many years and is making a comeback. The Cobb County Sheriff’s Office would not contact a citizen demanding payment of a fine nor does the Sheriff’s Office have the authority to dismiss a warrant.”
Warren said if anyone has a question regarding jury duty to call the Superior Court Jury Administrator at (770) 528-1757 or the State Court Jury Administrator at (770) 528-2628.
If you have received a phone call similar to this, contact the Cobb Sheriff’s Office Investigative Unit at (770) 499-4653.