Sheriff's Office warns of telephone scams in Spokane County
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens once again about telephone scams circulating through the area. For the past several weeks, the Sheriff’s Office has received multiple complaints of individuals calling, identifying themselves as Sheriff’s Office employees and telling people they have missed jury duty and that if they don’t provide payment over the phone, they will have a warrant for their arrest issued.
The latest angle of this scam deals with a person calling and saying they are from Spokane County District Court. This individual, or individuals, says that the victim missed jury duty and that Judge Debra Hayes, an actual elected District Court Judge, has issued a warrant for their arrest.
This is not true, Sheriff’s Office public information officer Dep. Craig Chamberlain said in a news release.
As they did the first time a notice of this type of phone scam was publicly circulated, the Sheriff’s Office emphasizes law enforcement does not ask for payment for missed jury duty or active warrants over the phone. If any calls similar to this scam are received, the public is urged to report it to Crime Check at 509-456-2233.