Jury duty scam makes rounds in several metro counties

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Con artists pretending to be law enforcement try to scam multiple people of out thousands of dollars across the metro.

The suspects tell the victims they have warrants for their arrest for missing jury duty.

Law enforcement in both Marion and Johnson counties got reports of the jury duty scam over the weekend.

Adam Winkler is one of the people who got one of the bogus phone calls.

“They were calling in regards to a warrant for me,” said Winkler.

The caller falsely told Adam to come to the courthouse to pay $2,000 to get out of his warrant for skipping out on jury duty.

“He mentioned I had 2 choices. I could come to the sheriff’s office and give them $2,000 or they would send someone to my house and arrest me for 24 hours,” said Winkler.

According to the crime report, the suspect told Adam he could come to the courthouse and meet with the clerk named “Debbie McDonald”.

The suspects also told Adam he could come and meet with a judge named “Greg Allen”.

As Adam quickly found out, those are both fakes names.

“While I was on the phone with him, I looked up their names and saw these weren’t actual people,” said Winkler.

Just a few hours after Johnson county sheriff's took the report from Adam’s case, IMPD officers took a second report from a different victim in Marion county.

That's why the sheriff says it's important to warn people to be careful.

“10 years ago we never got these reports in our offices, now it’s a daily thing,” said Johnson county sheriff Doug Cox.

Sheriff Cox says if anyone ever has a real warrant, law enforcement will knock on your door and they won’t call ahead asking for money.

“The sheriff’s office and the courts will never call your home and say there’s a warrant for your arrest,” said Cox.

The sheriff says if anyone ever gets a call from someone claiming to be with law enforcement and wanting money, hang up and call police, because it is a scam.

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