Jury Duty Scam Making Its Rounds In Wichita

May 12, 2017

The Sedgwick County District Attorney's office has received several calls in the past few months about a jury duty scam. Dan Dillon, media coordinator for the DA’s office, says residents are receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be a sheriff’s deputy and that they've missed jury duty and need to pay a fine.

“We’ve heard from some people that they’ve come very close to sending in money orders to the person on the other end of the phone thinking that if they don’t, a sheriff's deputy was coming to their house to arrest them, which is definitely not the case," Dillon says.

Dillon says no one from the sheriff's office will ever call and tell someone they’ve missed jury duty. The scammers are also using software to make it look like a call is coming from the Sedgwick County Courthouse when it’s actually not.

District Attorney Mark Bennett advises residents to hang up the phone when someone calls to say they’ve missed jury duty.

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