This week the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple calls from residents regarding a scam in which the scammer calls and claims the resident has a warrant out for his or her arrest because they missed jury duty. The caller then asks the victim to purchase green dot cards or other money cards to pay a fine and have the warrant dismissed. While this scam is common and is not new, some details are different than previous versions. Specifically,•The caller claims to be Chief Dan Gard with the Sheriff’s Office, and we do have a Division Chief Dan Gard.•The caller has spoofed the Sheriff’s Office’s non-emergency number 303-271-0211 so victims believe the Sheriff’s Office is calling.•The caller asks the victim to send photos of the green dot or money cards to the email address jeffersoncounty[email protected] This is not a legitimate email address for the Sheriff’s Office.
We are actively investigating this scam and anyone who receives a call similar to this, or any call from someone claiming to be with law enforcement and asking for payment in the form of green dot cards, Visa gift cards, or other money cards, should end the call and immediately report it to their local law enforcement agency. One suggestion for how to end the scam phone call is to tell the caller to “call back in a few minutes so I have time to call my local law enforcement agency and verify your request.” It is unlikely they will call back.
Law enforcement officers will never solicit payment over the phone and arrest warrants cannot be dismissed by payment. In addition, arrest warrants are typically not issued for persons missing jury duty.