The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and Thurston County Superior Court hvae issued an advisory about a scam in which residents get a phone call saying they’ve missed jury duty — and must pay.
The scam, which has resurfaced in the West Sound area, has a person calling county residents to inform them that they have failed to appear for jury duty and that a warrant will be, or has been, issued for their arrest, according to the Office of the Kitsap County Clerk.
When the victims say no notice was received about impending jury duty, the caller tells victims they are responsible for appearing for jury duty whether or not there was notice and that to avoid arrest, they must pay, by credit card, to get the warrant to be “lifted” or “quashed.” One victim paid $1,000.
In reality, all communications regarding jury duty is sent to residents in writing. Anyone with questions about a jury-service phone call, should contact the Kitsap County Clerk’s Office at 360-337-7166 or the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office at 360-786-5500.
A website for U.S. District Court indicates that similar phone scams have been circulating nationwide.