Jury duty scam hits Snohomish County

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A ruse that aims to wring cash from those who fear they have unwittingly skipped jury duty has popped up in Snohomish County.

A similar scam, which has made an appearance in Kitsap County — most recently earlier this month. Before that, a resident in September lost $2,000 to the scam.

What happens is somebody claiming to be from the sheriff’s office calls to say you have missed jury duty. A warrant has been issued, and to have the warrant dismissed you must pay.

Here are a few facts to keep in mind if you get a call from somebody claiming to be a sheriff’s office representative:

-The court clerk handles jury summons
-All communication about jury duty is sent in writing
-Arrest warrants are not issued for failure to appear for jury service

For information about the Kitsap County Clerk’s Office or jury administration, call 360-337-7166, Ext. 6.

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