The King County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents they may be part of nationwide scam in the Seattle area — again.
I covered the scam originally in 2015. It’s known as the jury duty scam and the criminals use scare tactics to lock up your pocketbook.
The caller identifies themselves as a King County deputy or detective and explains that the person failed to show up for jury duty.
They then request a credit card number over the phone or ask to purchase a gift card. If you are hesitant of giving any information, they will threaten people with jail for not cooperating to pay.
The sheriff’s office would never call you about a warrant and ask you to pay over the phone. The scammers are convincing, but do not fall for it and hang up the phone.