Local Residents Should Beware of Continued Jury Duty Scam Calls

Jan 03, 2024 at 10:45 pm by WGNS News

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TENN - The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office is cautioning residents about a recent phone scam in which perpetrators falsely claim to be sheriff's deputies, threatening arrest for missing jury duty. Sheriff's deputies do not make such calls, and they certainly do not demand individuals to purchase gift cards to avoid arrest. The public is advised to recognize and disregard these scam calls immediately.


In a recent incident, a Rutherford County woman received a call from an individual posing as a representative of the Sheriff's Office, falsely asserting that she would be arrested for failing to fulfill jury duty obligations. The scammer instructed the woman to procure gift cards and call back with the details. Quick thinking on her part led the woman to realize the illegitimacy of the call. Instead of complying, she contacted her father, who took further action.

Deputy Quentin Snook reported that the woman's father, suspicious of the scam, dialed the number provided by the scammer, which claimed to be Sgt. Gary Herron's desk number at the Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Herron did not make the call, confirming the fraudulent nature of the situation.

The Sheriff's Office emphasizes the importance of recognizing these scams and not falling victim to them. The primary advice from law enforcement is simple – hang up immediately if you receive such a call. Sheriff's deputies will not make calls demanding money or requesting payment through gift cards.

This cautionary message echoes similar reports in neighboring Williamson County, where residents have also been targeted by scammers employing similar tactics, claiming that individuals missed jury duty and must pay or face arrest. Officials in Williamson County reiterate the same advice: do not engage with these scammers, just hang up.

The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement agencies stress the importance of public awareness and vigilance to prevent falling prey to scams. The community is urged to stay informed and report any suspicious calls to the local authorities. Remember, law enforcement will never demand payment or personal information over the phone. If in doubt, hang up and verify the legitimacy of the call through official channels.

MORE SCAMS and WARNINGS: The Federal Trade Commission continues to track a variety of scams throughout the United States. To read some of the advice they give, CLICK HERE.


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