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September 10, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Jury-duty call from Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office? A scam

If you get a phone call from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office that you’ve missed jury duty, heads-up: It’s a scam.

The Sheriff’s Office issued a warning that several county residents had received a call from a someone who says they’re a “major” with the Sheriff’s Office. This “major” tells people that they’ve failed to appear for jury service and that a warrant has been or will be issued for their arrest. When people reply that they hadn’t received a jury-service notice, the scammer tells them they must still pay a sum of money to have the warrant lifted.

One resident was duped into paying the impersonator $2,000.

The department’s advisory included the following information:

•  The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office has no role in jury administration. Court services and jury administration are under the sole purview of the county clerk.
•  All communications regarding jury duty are sent to county residents in writing.
•  Neither the Sheriff’s Office nor the county clerk’s office (or any department of county government) will initiate telephone communication with residents about jury duty, nor threaten anyone about missing jury duty. Warrants of arrest are not issued for failure to appear for jury duty.
•  Questions about jury service should be addressed to the Office of the Kitsap County Clerk, jury administration, at: 360-337-7166, #6.

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