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jury duty scam alert

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and surrounding jurisdictions have seen an increase in the Jury Duty Scam. Sadly, we have taken several reports from older citizens who have fallen victim to this scam, some losing thousands of dollars.

Please be aware that scammers are fraudulently using the names of Douglas County Sheriff’s Office command staff and deputies. These sheriff’s office members are public figures; their names are of public record, and they are on our website.

The Sheriff’s Office will NEVER ask you to pay a fine for missing jury service, bond/bail, a charge for an arrest warrant, or a fee for civil service, with gift cards, wire transfers, Bitcoin, Green Dot cards, MoneyPak cards, Zelle or Venmo transfers, or ATM deposits.

Government agencies and legitimate organizations such as law enforcement, the IRS, Social Security, Xcel Energy, Apple, Best Buy, and anti-virus companies will NEVER request those forms of payment either.

DO NOT allow strangers remote access to your computer or bank accounts.

DO NOT trust caller ID. Local phone numbers are easily spoofed.

Please call the DCSO immediately at (303) 660-7500 if anyone asks you to send money to someone you don’t know personally.

Please share this information with your friends, family, or anyone else needing it. Many of the victims report that they were unaware of this scam as they don’t follow social media, where most of these alerts are posted.