Marin County Sheriff's officials warned residents Friday of an ongoing phone scam that local residents are reporting.
According to sheriff's Sgt. N. Snyder, the agency has received calls from residents over the last few weeks who reported getting unsolicited telephone calls from someone who said they were from the sheriff's office. The caller apparently told these people that they didn't show up to jury duty and now a warrant was out for their arrest.
"The caller explained that they could pay a bail or fee to avoid arrest and in one case, that amount was two thousand dollars," Snyder said in a press statement.
Fortunately, no one fell for the scam, according to the sergeant. Still, the cases have prompted the sheriff's office to issue a warning to the community.
"Residents should be advised that the Sheriff’s Office would never call persons to inform them they failed to report for Jury Duty and demand payment for bail," Snyder said. "These kinds of unsolicited fraud attempts are becoming more and more common, often targeting older residents who might be less likely to question the authenticity of the claims being made."
Persons wishing to give crime tips are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 415-473-7233. To remain anonymous and possibly become eligible for a cash reward call Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.