Jury Duty Telephone Scam Alert

An elderly resident of El Dorado County was recently targeted by a telephone scam.  In this event, the caller claimed that the resident and a family member had warrants out for their arrest. These warrants were said to be for missing jury duty. The caller demanded that the bail on the warrants be paid immediately. The caller threatened to send Deputies to arrest the resident if payment was not made within ten minutes. A law enforcement scanner was heard in the background and the caller became angry when questioned by the resident. Fortunately, no money was wired to the caller. Several local Sheriff’s Offices in the region including Placer, Sacramento and Yolo have reported similar jury duty telephone scams affecting their residents. Neither the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office or El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office solicit payments for bail on arrest warrants over the telephone. Any such solicitation is fraudulent and should be reported to Sheriff’s Dispatch immediately at 530-621-6600.