Scammers Claim Failure to Appear for Jury Elicits Heavy Fine (Update 5:38pm)

January 12, 2018 - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office warns area residents of a scam circulating.

The caller is impersonating a law enforcement officer with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. The caller is stating they have warrants for not appearing for a grand jury summons. The caller will request that you pay court costs and/or a retainer fee.

The number the caller is using belongs to a Shelby County employee. Once the call is answered, the caller will give instructions to call what appears to be a switchboard at the Shelby County Courthouse. They will ask you for your credit card information. This is a scam. Do not give out any information.

If you have any questions concerning this scam, please contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 936-598-5601.

(4:56pm) - Shelby County Today has received reports individuals have been receiving scam calls claiming they will be fined for having not attended grand jury or jury service. It has even been indicated an amount demanded by the scammers was up to $2,000.

Anyone receiving such calls should contact their nearest law enforcement entity, and never give personal information over the phone when a caller is demanding payment.

Lori Oliver, Shelby County District Clerk, has confirmed it is not procedure for the court system to call someone in an attempt to collect a fine for failure to report to jury service or grand jury service.