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CCSO continues to fight 'jury-duty warrant' scam


The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is getting fresh reports of phone scam that made the rounds in the area last year.

In the last week, citizens are again being contacted by a subject falsely identifying himself as a CCSO employee who then runs a variation on the jury-duty warrant scam.

Five reports of the scam were received Sunday, June 8, alone.

Here's how the CCSO community-service officer describes the latest scam calls:

1. The victim gets a call from someone who identifies himself as Lt. Alan Smith from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. (CCSO does not employ a Lt. Alan Smith.)

2. The fraud caller then tells the victim that there is a warrant for the victim's arrest because he or she didn't show up for jury duty. (This is in no way CCSO policy.)

3. The caller then tells the victim they can pay the "fine" over the phone by purchasing a Green Dot MoneyPak at Wal-Mart.

4. The scammer then tells the victim to call back with the MoneyPak card number. The scammer is presumably using these numbers to reload a prepaid card in his possession.

The alleged scammer's phone number used was the same for each caller in these recent cases.

If a scammer calls you, identifies as a law-enforcement official, says you're wanted for missing jury duty and tries to extract a "fine" or any other financial penalty, you should contact CCSO to report the call (with the scam caller's phone number) ASAP using the non-emergency line, 503-655-8211.