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Sacramento County sheriff warns of court, jury summons scam

Sacramento County sheriff’s officials are alerting residents to a scam involving a purported summons for a court date or jury duty.

People are being contacted by telephone and told that they have failed to appear for a court date or jury summons. The callers identify themselves as someone in an official capacity, such as a sergeant at the courthouse or Sheriff’s Department. The caller then asks the potential victim to meet at the courthouse with a money order or green dot card, but later cancels the meeting and requests the card number over the phone, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release.

Sheriff’s officials stress that anyone who misses a court date or fails to respond to a jury summons will be contacted in writing, usually via the U.S. Postal Service, and never by a telephone call asking or demanding that a fine be paid.

Sacramento County residents who have been the victim of this scam can call the Sheriff’s Department’s dispatch center at (916) 874-5115 to learn about options for reporting their experience.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.