Sent on 10/17/2014 1:12:23 PM
The Marana Police Department is investigating multiple reports of a phone scam involving a person claiming to be a police officer who tells citizens they have failed to appear for jury duty. The citizen is told the following: • They failed to respond to a jury duty subpoena and missed their jury duty date. • They now owe fines for contempt of court and court related fees. • The caller asks for immediate payment by credit card and also asks for their social security number. • If they fail to pay immediately, the caller threatens to send an officer to their residence to arrest them and they will be required to pay late fees. • These particular calls have been placed from phones with a “520” area code. If the citizen calls back, they reach a voice mail claiming they have reached that particular police agency. This scam is similar in nature to a scam where the caller claims to be a police officer and is requesting payment for unpaid traffic fines. We would like to remind the public if they receive a call from anyone requesting payment for court related fines, please contact the court of record directly to verify the charges. Citizens are also encouraged to report phone scams like this to their local police department. Please attempt to provide as much information as possible about the phone call, such as a return telephone number, name of the person calling, and who the person claims to work for.