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Cherokee Sheriff's Office: Beware Of Jury Duty Scam

The agency said a suspect is calling residents, informing them they missed jury duty and they can either pay off a warrant issued for their arrest or face jail time.

Cherokee Sheriff's Office: Beware Of Jury Duty Scam

The Cherokee Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a scam involving a caller who allegedly asks residents to pay off warrants issued for their arrest or face jail time for missing jury duty.

The agency on Monday said the scam involves the suspect calling residents over the phone and telling them that he is a deputy with the sheriff's office, according to a press release.

The caller tells residents they've "failed" to respond to a jury duty summons, and a warrant has been taken out for their arrest, sheriff's office spokesman Lt. Jay Baker said. 

Baker said the suspect then advises residents they can "either pay the warrant off over the phone or they will be taken to jail."

Only one incident of this nature has been reported to the Cherokee Sheriff's Office, and the would be victim "made the correct choice and did not make a payment by phone and called 911 this afternoon," the spokesman said. 

There could be other victims in Cherokee County who may be unaware of the scam, so residents are encouraged to call 911 if they receive a similar call. 

The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office does not take or receive payments over the phone for matters related to warrants or civil documents, Baker stated.

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