Wednesday, September 3, 2014

SCAM ALERT: WyCo Sheriff's Office warns of jury duty scam

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- The Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office is warning the public about a phone scam that's targeting residents in the county.

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The Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office received reports of calls being made to residents informing them that a warrant has been issued for their arrest for either an offense or failing to appear for Jury Duty. The caller insists that if the fine is not paid immediately then they will be arrested and taken into custody.

It’s also been reported that the caller uses several names to identify himself. He is using the names of Wyandotte County Deputies, the Sheriff, District Court Judges and even going as far as to identify himself as a Deputy or Detective.

The caller asks the citizen to call back when they have the number of their pre-paid money card.  They also have a voicemail setup so that when the victim calls back it identifies the Perpetrator as Deputies for the Sheriff’s office. Many of the calls also appear to be from a 913 area code.

The Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office does not call citizens advising them of warrants, nor do they ask citizens to call back with a pre-paid card number.

It appears that these phone calls are targeting mostly senior citizens at this time. Please do not follow any directions by these callers. Hang up and call the Sheriff's Office to file a report at 913-573-2861.

The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) stated there have also been a series of phone scams targeting electricity customers. These scams involve telephone callers claiming to be from BPU and then using various techniques to defraud customers. Some threaten customers with disconnecting electric service to their home or business if they do not make a payment immediately.

The scam artists sometimes instruct customers to send them money via a prepaid cash card before their power is shut off.