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Santa Barbara County Sheriff warns of jury duty phone scam

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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says it has been receiving reports lately of a phone scam involving a caller who identifies himself as a Sheriff's deputy. The caller reportedly tells the person who answers the phone that because they failed to show up for jury duty, there is a warrant out for their arrest. The caller demands payment over the phone or else says the citizen will be arrested.

The Sheriff's Office says it does not take payments over the phone, nor does it make warrant notifications over the phone.

Sheriff's officials say, if you receive a call from someone claiming to be from an agency, request that person's name, title and phone number. Then, look up the number of the agency and place a direct phone call to verify the information the caller provided is correct.

Fraudulent phone calls should be reported to the Sheriff's Office or your local law enforcement agency.

Head to the Scam Central section of our website to learn more about other phone scams currently making the rounds.

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