Officials Warn Residents of Jury Duty Scam in Sonoma Co.

SONOMA CO. — A jury duty scam that has been reported in other Bay Area counties has surfaced in Sonoma County.

A person claiming to be from the Jury Commissioner’s or Sonoma County Sheriff’s office calls the victims to say they have failed to report to jury duty, Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said.

The caller threatens the victims with an arrest warrant for failing to honor the jury summons. The victims are told to purchase a prepaid debit card for several hundred dollars to suspend the warrant or they will be arrested by police, Ravitch said.

“No police officer or court or jury service personnel will ever call you and demand money,” Ravitch said. “If you get such a phone call, hang up. Never provide prepaid debit card numbers over the phone to people you do not know,” Ravitch said.

Residents who receive a jury summons and do not appear will receive a letter from the jury service office with another summons to appear for jury duty, Ravitch said.

Those who still fail to appear face being fined by a judge, Ravitch said.

Residents should call the Superior Court Jury Services for Sonoma County if they want to verify any correspondence or communication they receive from the jury service office, Ravitch said.

(Copyright 2014, Bay City News, All rights reserved.)

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