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Yolo County sheriff warns of jury duty scam

The Yolo County Sheriff’s Office is warning of a phone scam in which a caller claims that a warrant has been issued for the victim because he or she failed to report for jury duty.

Several sheriff’s offices in California have a reported a scam in which residents have received phone calls from a person claiming to be a sheriff’s office employee who demands payment, via a Green Dot pre-paid credit card transaction, to clear up an outstanding warrant. People receiving the calls were told that they did not show up for required jury duty and they have to pay a fine to clear up a warrant that has been issued. The calls originate from a local area code.

The calls are fraudulent and have no connection to the sheriff’s offices or courts in the affected counties.

Although the scam has not been reported in Yolo County, sheriff’s officials say they want to alert residents so they don’t become victims.

They advise anyone who receives a phone call from someone demanding payment for an outstanding warrant to immediately call a local law enforcement agency.