Fayetteville police: Don’t fall for a jury duty phone scam

Fayetteville police are warning citizens to beware of a scammer posing as a local government official.

Police said several complaints were filed Saturday, Sept. 27 from residents who received a phone call from someone claiming to be with the Washington County Sherriff’s Office. The scammer claimed the victims had failed to appear for jury duty and that a warrant had been issued for their arrest. The caller told the victims to go to a local business and purchase money cards for several hundred dollars to pay the fines and avoid the warrant.

Police Chief Greg Tabor said government agencies would never call on the phone asking citizens to purchase money cards for payment of fines.

Tabor said anyone who feels like they have been the victim of a scam should contact the Fayetteville Police Department at 479-587-3555.