Scammers are continuing to call Colquitt County residents with accusations of missing jury duty.
Colquitt County Sheriff Al Whittington said Wednesday that he’d gotten two telephone calls that evening from people describing the scam someone had tried to pull on them.
A person on the telephone says he’s with the local sheriff’s office and has a warrant for the victim’s arrest because they didn’t show up for jury duty. However, the victim can pay a fine to avoid arrest.
“That is not how we do business,” the sheriff said.
If a person misses jury duty, the sheriff’s office will contact them to find out why — whether they didn’t get the notice or whatever happened.
“They don’t pay any kind of a fine,” Whittington said, “… and we’re not coming with a warrant for their arrest.”
He said the callers were “getting ugly” with the victims when they refused to pay.
He urged anyone getting such a call to hang up as soon as they ask for money — or else ask to get the caller’s name and telephone number and say you’ll call them back right after you speak with the sheriff.
After that, of course, he encouraged the recipient to report the call to local law enforcement.
The scam, or a variation of it, has been reported to law enforcement off-and-on for several years.