Citizens in several Washington Counties as well as around the country have lost large sums of money as a result of the scam.How it usually happens is: an individual calls or e-mails and claims that you have missed jury duty. As a result, they indicate a warrant has been issued for your arrest and/or that the Sheriff is en route to arrest you, and demands payment, a credit card number, or a social security number for failure to appear for jury duty.
Court officers will never ask for payment over the phone or by e-mail. Court officials will never ask for you to purchase a pre-paid card, provide cash or a check to pay for failure to appear for jury duty. Never give out personal information by phone or e-mail. Please report any suspicious activity to your local law enforcement agency. For more information, visit www.courts.wa.gov.