Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office warning residents of ongoing jury duty scam
HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. – The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is once again reminding residents of an ongoing jury duty phone scam that is circulating around the county.
The scam leaves Hamilton County residents open to theft and identity theft.
The Sheriff’s Office has released the following detailed explanation on how jury scams have been carried out in their county:
“The scammer calls claiming to work for the local court of Sheriff’s office and informs the victim of a failure to report for jury duty. The victim is told that an arrest warrant has been issued for failure to report for jury duty. The victim will rightly claim that a jury duty notification was never received. The scammer will then either pressure the victim into sending money by prepaid credit card or wire transfer to take care of the warrant or ask the victim for confidential information to “verify” the warrant. Caller ID may show the call originating from an official number and the scammer may provide a callback number.
Arrest warrants in Hamilton County are never served by telephone. To verify an active warrant, call 317-773-9800, option 2. Do not assume Caller ID or a callback number are legitimate. Scammers may also use names of local law enforcement officers or court officials to make the call seem more realistic. Do not be tempted to give out private information such as date of birth, social security number, or credit card numbers over the phone. Never be pressured into making a hasty decision over the telephone and always think twice before sending money by prepaid card or wire transfer. Transactions like these are nearly impossible to trace once sent. “
Police said the current scam seems to be aimed at doctors and dentists, but others may also have received these type of calls.
The scam calls originate from a variety of phone numbers, but the caller has used the name of Officer/Deputy Zachary Miller.
Anyone receiving a potential scam call may contact Hamilton County Communications at 317-773-1282.