News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted Thursday, June 12, 2014, 1:14 p.m.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Media and Interested Parties

Sheriff's Office gets reports of new 'jury duty warrant scam' fraud calls; if contacted, call actual police ASAP

Please refer to CCSO Case #14-15441

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is getting fresh reports of phone scam that made the rounds in the area last year.

A Sheriff's Office Community Service Officer (CSO) reports that in the last week, citizens are again being contacted by a subject falsely identifying himself as a Sheriff's Office employee -- who then runs a variation on the telephone "jury-duty warrant scam."

Five reports of the scam were received by this CSO on Sunday, June 8 alone.

Here's how our CSO describes the latest scam calls:

1. The victim gets a call from someone who identifies themselves as "Lt. Alan Smith" from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. (We do not employ a "Lt. Alan Smith.")

2. The fraud caller then tells the victim that there is a warrant for the victim's arrest because he or she didn't show up for jury duty. (This is in no way Sheriff's Office policy.)

3. The caller then tells the victim they can pay the "fine" over the phone by purchasing a Green Dot MoneyPak at Wal-Mart. This can be used to reload a prepaid debit card, as described here.

4. The scammer then tells the victim to call back with the MoneyPak card number. Authorities suspect the scammer may be using these numbers to re-load a prepaid card in his possession.

The alleged scammer's phone number used was the same for each caller in these recent cases.

A variation on this scam call made the rounds in 2013, as covered in this Oregonian story. In 2013, the Washington County Sheriff's Office also released a recording of a voicemail related to that warrant scam.

 If a scammer calls you, identifies as a law-enforcement official, says you're wanted for missing jury duty, and tries to extract a "fine" or any other financial penalty, it's not us -- and you should contact the Sheriff's Office to report the call (with the scam caller's phone number) ASAP using our non-emergency line: (503) 655-8211.

Please refer to CCSO Case #14-15441

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Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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