Professional-sounding scammers perpetrate jury duty hoax

The con artist who called a Greenwood woman and claimed she needed to pay hundreds of dollars or risk being arrested sounded professional, had immediate answers to her questions and even had the sounds of police dispatchers in the background.

But Debbie Jones also quickly spotted holes in the caller’s story. She had served as a juror before and knew the typical procedure for someone who misses jury duty is to let them serve another day. The man, who identified himself as a sergeant with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, also told Jones he was in his vehicle, so it didn’t make sense that Jones could hear dispatchers on the line.

When she called the Greenwood Police Department about the call, they told her it was a hoax. In the past week, the sheriff’s office and Greenwood police have received three calls from residents who were contacted by someone claiming to be a police officer. The caller told the residents they had missed jury duty and that they needed to either pay hundreds of dollars in fines or they would be arrested.

This story appears in the print edition of Daily Journal. Subscribers can read the entire story online by signing in here or in our e-Edition by clicking here.

All content copyright ©2015 Daily Journal, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Click here to read our privacy policy.