Police warn about jury duty scam

By Baker City Herald June 19, 2014 11:24 am

Baker City Police are warning residents about a recent scam in which at least three local residents received phone calls claiming they have arrest warrants or have missed jury duty.

The caller then asks for money to pay off the warrant or penalty for missing jury duty.

This is in no way legitimate. Law enforcement agencies do not call people and ask them to wire money for any purpose.

Baker City Councilor Barbara Johnson said she received one of the scam calls today. 

The caller, who had a thick Southern accent, told her she had two arrest warrants for failing to show up for jury duty.

Johnson said she did receive a jury summons earlier this spring, but she applied for and received a deferment.

The caller asked her to go to the Rite Aid store and buy two pre-paid cash cards, one for $480 and one for $369, plus a $166 processing fee.

Johnson said she put the caller on hold and used a different phone to call police. 

More information about avoiding this and other scams is available by calling Sgt. Kirk McCormick at the Baker City Police Department, 541-524-2014, Extension 22.