Rankin County Sheriff Warns Citizen That Jury Duty Scam is Happening Again
From December 4th thru the 8th, 2015, the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office has received nine complaints of a telephone jury duty scam targeting citizens of Rankin County.
In all of the cases the citizens were contacted by male suspects who stated they were deputies with the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office. The suspects told the victims that they had missed jury duty and a warrant had been issued for their arrest. The victims were all told that the only way to avoid arrest was to immediately pay a fine ranging from $500.00 to $900.00.
The “Spoofed” numbers showing up on the victims’ caller ID were:
The fictitious deputies names used were:
Deputy David Bradley
Sheriff Bryan Bailey wants the citizens to know that no deputy would ever call and ask for money over the telephone. All court fines are collected by the courts, not the sheriff. A proper receipt is always issued to a person paying fines in Rankin County. In my 29 years of law enforcement I have never seen anyone arrested for not reporting for jury duty.
Sheriff Bailey wants all citizens to also be on guard for anyone who calls about any issue and it involves a “Green Dot” card or gift card. It is a scam and hang up and contact the sheriff’s office or local law enforcement immediately. Do not conduct any business transactions over the phone that you did not initiate.
This investigation is continuing and deputies are trying to trace the fake numbers used in the scam, it is strongly suspected that these calls are originating from out of state.