There’s a new twist on the old jury duty scam circulating in the Wichita area, officials said Tuesday.
Someone contacted a Wichita woman Tuesday claiming a warrant was out for her arrest because she didn’t appear for jury duty in a particular judge’s courtroom, Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said in a prepared statement.
The caller claimed to be a sheriff’s deputy and the woman who received the call had disregarded a certified letter and failed to report for jury duty as instructed.
The woman must go to the county courthouse and pay an $800 bond, the caller claimed. When the woman said her husband is an attorney and she would have to speak to him first, the call ended.
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No one from any law enforcement agency will ever call to say someone missed jury duty and must pay a fine — or, in this version of the scam, an $800 bond.
Bennett urged residents to hang up the phone if someone calls to say they missed jury duty.