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Cole County sheriff reports jury duty scam

Cole County sheriff reports jury duty scam

October 23rd, 2017 in Local News

There's another jury duty scam in Mid-Missouri, the Cole County Sheriff's Department reported Monday.

"This is the same scam we had in the past couple of years," Sheriff John Wheeler said in a news release. "The suspects are calling people and identifying themselves as deputies. They are telling the victims that they missed jury duty and now have to pay with money orders, or there will be warrants for their arrest."

Wheeler said the callers are identifying themselves as Deputy Kevin Woodson — who does work for the sheriff's department, "but he is not calling people," Wheeler said. "This is a scam, and people should not pay this money."

Wheeler said the callers are identifying a problem from other counties as well as Cole.

"If in doubt, look up the number for the court clerk of whatever county" the caller said he is representing, Wheeler said, or call the Cole County Sheriff's Department at 573-634-9160.

"Do not use the number the individuals give you," Wheeler added. "Remember, we will not call you to inform you of a warrant. We show up and serve it."