Cobb County Sheriff’s Office staff recently received several complaints from residents stating they received phone calls from a male representing himself as a member of the “Sheriff’s Office.” He said the resident failed to appear for jury duty and that a warrant had been issued for his or her arrest. However, if the victim pays a substantial amount of money, the warrant will be dismissed and they will not be taken into custody. The caller may also indicate that if the person pays the “fine” a warrant will not be issued for his or her arrest. According to Sheriff Neil Warren, the caller tells the victim to make a payment using a “Walmart Money” card.
“Once they purchase the card, the victim is instructed to provide the card number to the caller,” Warren said. “This type of scam has been used for many years and is making a comeback. The Cobb County Sheriff’s Office would not contact a citizen demanding payment of a fine nor does the Sheriff’s Office have the authority to dismiss a warrant.”
Warren further stated if an individual has a question regarding jury duty service, he or she should call the Superior Court Jury Administrator at770-528-1757 or the State Court Jury Administrator at 770-528-2628.
If you have received a phone call similar to this, please contact the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Unit immediately at 770-499-4653.