Warning: New variation on 'jury duty scam' fraud calls; if contacted, call actual police ASAP

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: Monday, June 15, 2015, 2:58 p.m.


The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Property Crimes Unit is investigating a rash of reports of attempted frauds in the last few hours.

In each case, a man has called to threaten citizens with arrest by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office if cash is not delivered as bail for missing jury duty. In this specific scam, the caller has used the name of a member of the Sheriff's Office management team -- easily accessible information from the Internet -- to lend some air of legitimacy to the scam.

This caller does NOT work for the Sheriff's Office, and is in fact practicing a variation on the ongoing "arrest warrant scam."

Just one year ago the Sheriff's Office warned citizens of a similar scam. It is detailed in this June 12, 2014 press release.

We are grateful for the awareness of citizens -- who quickly determined that these claims are fraudulent and reported the attempts to Sheriff's Office investigators. We ask that people remain vigilant and continue to report these and similar efforts to defraud people.

In addition to contacting local law enforcement, warrant-scam victims should contact the Federal Trade Commission's scam line to report any fraud. You can report to the FTC online or by phone at 1-877-FTC-HELP.

Suspects involved in this type of scam often prey on our most vulnerable citizens and the elderly. This may be a good time to check with those in our lives who are vulnerable and remind them of the need to remain vigilant.

You can find more information on the FTC web site, which maintains a blog with a wide variety of scams that are being used around the country.

Our management is apparently in good company -- as one of the recent scams listed used the name of Federal Trade Commissioner Joshua Wright to gain victims' confidence.


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Contact Info:
Detective Sergeant Dan Kraus
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office