OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office and courts want to warn all citizens in Thurston County about a jury scam.
Scammers are calling and writing people and saying they missed jury duty. Some of the callers are saying a judge has issued an arrest warrant and using a name of a local judge. They are not court staff or from the Sheriff’s Office -- they are trying to steal your money or commit identity theft. The caller will ask for money or personal information like Social Security numbers, birth dates, or bank account information. They may threaten you, say that there is a warrant for your arrest or say that you owe a court fine.
Stop, put away your wallet, and hang up the phone or ignore the email.
Court staff will never ask potential jurors for money or confidential information over the phone, email, or by mail. Do not give money or information to these people. Hang up or ignore the message. Anyone who responded to these scams should report the incident to the police.
Jury duty is a vital civil responsibility and should be taken seriously by everyone. These are scams and are not part of jury duty.