Scam alert: JCSO will not call you about missed jury summons, collecting fines

Scam alert: JCSO will not call you about missed jury summons, collecting fines

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports of scams over the past few weeks, Capt. Crystal Holmes said in a statement.

The most recent scam is a man claiming to be a Jefferson County Police Department deputy calling from a 409 area code.  The callersinsist that their victims bring cash or prepaid credit cards to the courthouse where they arranged to meet them.  

"We are not the Jefferson County Police Department. We are the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office," Holmes said. "We will not call you about a missed jury summons and request to meet with you to collect on any fines."

Another popular scam is someone pretending to be calling from the IRS. The IRS will never call you to collect payment. You should respond only to a certified letter from the IRS.

If anyone calls you in reference to paying a fine, back payment on bills, make sure that you get a reference number and contact the company yourself to verify that it is a legitimate bill collector. You should never give out banking or credit card information over the phone.

Fraudulent callers sometimes disguise their phone numbers so that they appear to be court or law enforcement numbers on the recipients’ caller ID. They also sometimes transfer victims during the calls to create the illusion that they are speaking with government offices.

If you do receive a phone call or an e-mail from a governmental agency trying to collect a debt, contact that agency directly. Do not call the phone number that they left for you to call.

- Jefferson County Sheriff's Office