Fresno County phone scam claims residents missed jury duty, owe money

FRESNO, California - The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office is making the public aware of a phone scam going around.

People have reported someone who identifies himself as a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office or an officer with the Fresno Police Department.

"The incoming number on the citizen’s caller ID may even say Fresno County Sheriff’s Office," the Sheriff's Office said.

The scammer claims the person failed to report for jury duty so a warrant has been issued for their arrest, the Sheriff's Office said. The scammer tells his target they must pay a certain amount of money in fines to avoid being arrested and taken to jail. In order to pay the fines, the victim needs to call a local number that the scammer gives them.

If victims call the number provided, they get an automated message.

LISTEN: Here's an audio clip of the automated message given on the scam line.

The Sheriff’s Office says that it never makes calls about money or asks for the payment of fines over the phone. 

Anyone who gets a similar call should not give in to the caller’s demands, and do not give them any personal information. The Sheriff's Office is asking residents to document information, such as the caller’s name or phone number, and report it to law enforcement .

Residents may also make a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission.

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