SCAM ALERT - Caller Impersonates PCSO to Collect Phantom COSC Jury Fines - SanTanValley.com

SCAM ALERT - Caller Impersonates PCSO to Collect Phantom COSC Jury Fines

SCAM ALERT - Caller Impersonates PCSO to Collect Phantom COSC Jury Fines

A possible phone scam involving individuals attempting to collect Failure to Appear “fines” from unsuspecting residents has been reported to PCSO today.  At approximately 9:00 a.m. today a citizen living in Casa Grande received a phone call from a man claiming to be with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. He went on to inform the resident that she had failed to report for jury duty and a fine would be sent to her home. PCSO Deputies traced the number to a fax line in Jamaica. The caller then tries to garner credit card information to pay the “fine.”

According to the Jury Commissioner and Clerk of the Superior Court, Chad Roche, “It is disheartening that there are criminals who will take every advantage to harm the public. This is particularly heinous because it impacts one of the highest calls to duty a citizen can answer and that is Jury Service. Equal access to justice and providing qualified Jurors to the Judiciary is something that we at the COSC take very seriously. If you receive a call requesting your credit card information to pay a fine for Failure to Appear, alert the proper authorities immediately.”

Norma Cruz, Associate Jury Commissioner stated that, “In Pinal County you will receive a Jury Summons by mail to appear for the Juror selection process.  We select for all Superior Court trials, Grand Jury and all eight Justice Courts. You will not receive a phone call by a PCSO officer for Failure to Appear, so anyone purporting to be a PCSO Officer collecting fines on our behalf is not a legitimate call.”

To verify that your name is in the current Jury pool, you can call the Jury Department directly at 520-866-5311. You may learn more about serving as a Juror visiting our website at www.pinalcountyaz.gov/COSC and click on the link at the left named Jury Information.

The Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court is committed to providing quality customer service, ensuring the integrity and access to court records by supporting the Judicial process through efficient Records Management, Financial Administration and Jury Service.

The Florence office of the Clerk of the Superior Court is located at 971 N. Jason Lopez Circle in the Pinal County Justice Complex, Building A. It is open to serve the public on weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Satellite offices are located in Apache Junction and Casa Grande. The office of the COSC can be reached at 520-866-5300. To learn more about the Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court in Pinal County, please visit www.pinalcountyaz.gov/COSC

Follow Chad Roche on Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000208978711 and the Clerk’s page is located at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pinal-County-Clerk-of-the-Superior-Court/126817117383092 as the Pinal County Clerk of the Superior Court. You can follow Chad on Twitter at @ChadRoche1

This News Release was prepared in collaboration with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department.

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