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KCSO warns of on-going jury scam

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of an on-going scam in the West Sound.

Deputy Scott Wilson, KCSO spokesman, said the county clerk’s office received information that a person posing as a sheriff’s office representative has been calling residents to inform them that they have failed to appear for jury service and a warrant will be (or has been) issued for their arrest.

The person informs the victim they are responsible for not appearing for jury duty as instructed and advises to avoid arrest they must pay by using a credit card for the warrant to be lifted.

One victim paid-out $2,000, Wilson reported.

Wilson said the sheriff’s office has no role in jury administration, which is under the county clerk.

He said all communications regarding jury duty are sent to county residents in writing, and that KCSO or the clerk’s office will not initiate telephone communication with residents about jury duty or threaten anyone about missing jury duty.

Warrants of arrest are not issued for failure to appear for jury duty service.

For information about jury service, call the clerk’s office at 360-337-7166, ext. 6.

 

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