CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Attorney General’s Office is warning West Virginians of a jury duty fine scam.
According to the office, the scam involves someone posing as an employee of a sheriff’s department. The caller tells the person they have failed to appear for jury duty and have multiple warrants out for their office. The caller tells the person to bring bail money or a debit card to the sheriff’s office.
Callers have posed as representatives of the Kanawha County and Putnam County sheriff’s offices.
“Scammers are constantly devising new schemes to scare consumers into giving them their money,” Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said. “If you get a suspicious call, even if it comes from a number that looks legitimate, don’t feel pressured to act immediately. Pause and give our office a call — it might save you from potentially being scammed.”
People may contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808 or the Eastern Panhandle Consumer Protection Office in Martinsburg at 304-267-0239. West Virginians can also file a complaint at https://ago.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx.