A popular scam that targets residents for missing jury duty has turned up in LaGrange County.
The LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department on Monday issued an advisory about a “new phone call scam.” The sheriff’s department said the scam is going around via phone calls.
On the calls, the caller reportedly claims he works for the court, out of the sheriff’s department on Interstate 9, and says the person missed jury duty. As a result, the caller says the person is now in contempt.
The caller the demands court costs and fines.
The sheriff’s department said the caller sometimes refers to himself as “Lt. Frank with Department of Court Services.”
The sheriff’s department said the whole claim is “not true.” The department warned residents not to give the caller money or any personal information.
Residents can call the LaGrange County courthouse at (260) 499-6300 to verify whether they owe any fines.
Officials have warned about similar scams revolving around claims of missed jury duty calls for several years.
In 2015, Allen County court officials issued a warning to residents about a scam that involved phone calls demanding money as a fine for missing jury duty. That same year, the Better Business Bureau made residents aware about a scam where the caller claimed to be from the U.S. Marshals office and demanded money to avoid jail time because the victim missed jury duty.
Earlier this year, then, federal courts officials warned that a growing number of Indiana residents were falling prey to a nationwide jury duty scam threatening people with arrest if they don’t pay up.