Delaware County Common Pleas Court President Judge Chad F. Kenney and Sheriff Mary McFall Hopper, Esq. have issued a warning about a new round of telephone scams being conducted in the county. Unscrupulous individuals posing as representatives of the Office of Jury Administration, Sheriff’s Office or other court officials, are attempting to obtain confidential personal information and money from residents for “failing to show for jury duty. “
The scam usually begins with a telephone call or e-mail informing citizens they have missed jury duty and that an arrest warrant has been issued to sheriff’s deputies for their arrest. The caller may also request confidential information such as date of birth, Social Security number, credit card and/or bank account information. The caller typically requests a payment be made through a money transfer or other means to clear the warrant or risk potential arrest by the Sheriff’s Office. In a variation on this scam, the caller alleges that a bad debt is due or money is owed resulting in the issuance of a warrant.
These scammers may use real names or other means of identification to convince the resident that the call appears to be authentic. This could include a fake caller ID, which may show the call originating from a county office or department.
Delaware County residents are advised that officials of the county court system and the Sheriff’s Office do not seek any confidential personal information, such as credit card or bank account information, from prospective jurors or wanted persons by telephone. Furthermore, court and Sheriff’s Office employees do not solicit money or make demands for payment from citizens for missing jury duty or as a means of avoiding arrest.