“Jury Duty” Phone Scam Circulating in Park County
Written by Andrew-Rossi on January 4, 2019
A new phone scam is targeting Park County residents.
The Park County Sheriff’s office says that they have received several reports of residents receiving phone calls from a number that identifies as “Park County Government.” The caller informs the person that they have not responded to a summons for jury duty. The caller further says that the summons was served by Deputy Chad McKinney and that to clear this up, they need to obtain $1,900.00 in green dot cards.
The caller then instructs the victim to mail the cards to the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington, DC. However, before mailing them the caller asks for the card numbers. Finally the caller tells the victim that Judge Bill Simpson has issued a “gag” order on this case and the victim is not to speak of it to anyone.
This is a definite scam, as the county does not call people who fail to report for jury duty, and they NEVER ask for money. Additionally, any call from the Park County Sheriff’s Office does not show up on caller ID, as their numbers are blocked.
If you receive such a call, the Sheriff’s Department advises that you hang up. If you have any questions, contact the county court to verify that you are not wanted for failure to appear.