Jury duty phone scammers target King County

  • Thursday, June 8, 2017 12:13pm
  • News

King County residents have been impacted by a convincing phone scam in recent weeks.

According to Sergeant Cindi West of the King County Sheriff’s Office, residents are getting calls from scammers claiming to be King County deputies, informing the victims they have failed to show up for jury duty.

The scammers then demand the victim pay a fee or go to jail. They request a credit card number over the phone or even demand the caller go to a store to purchase a gift card and then read the number over the phone.

“The Sheriff’s Office would NEVER call you about a warrant and ask you to pay over the phone,” West wrote in a press release. “The scammers are very convincing but, DO NOT FALL FOR IT! Do not pay anyone over the phone for an alleged warrant for failing to report for jury duty.”

The easiest way to get rid of the callers is simply to hang up and then report it to your local legal authority.

More in News

As PSE moves away from coal, one community scrambles to build a new economy

Lewis County has long relied on the energy needs of the Bellevue-based utility’s customer-base. That’s all about to change.

Man caught smoking drugs, masturbating | Bellevue Police Blotter

The following is a sample from the Bellevue Police Department’s Bellevue Beat Blog:

Bellevue students join the National School Walkout to call for gun control

Legislators, students call for change while remembering victims.

Bellevue police asking for help to find vitamin thieves

Approximately $20,000 worth of vitamins have been stolen.

Man shot at Bellevue hotel Sunday, police investigating

The Wenatchee resident is expected to survive.

Afghanistan refugee shares how Friends of Youth gave him hope at Bellevue event

Hundreds celebrate youth at annual Friends of Youth luncheon.

Bellevue teen recognized for saving grandfather’s life on freeway

The California Highway Patrol presented a certificate through Bellevue police at a student assembly.

Bellevue Council receives update on Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Levy

2018 will bring a flurry of construction with approximately 24 projects slated for completion.

Funding available for human services providers in Bellevue

Organizations that provide human services to Bellevue residents can apply for funding by April 10.

Most Read