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Pinal County Sheriff's Office Issues Warning on Jury Duty Scam Targeting Residents

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The Pinal County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) has issued a public alert warning residents of an ongoing telephone scam in which individuals are impersonating PCSO employees and coercing residents under the false pretense of missed jury duty obligations.

According to reports, the scam involves callers claiming to be affiliated with the PCSO and demanding payment to avoid arrest for allegedly failing to appear for jury duty. These fraudulent calls have raised concerns among community members and prompted an immediate response from law enforcement officials.

Residents are urged to be vigilant as the scammers are employing intimidation tactics, including threats of arrest, in an attempt to extort money. The PCSO has clarified that it does not request payment over the telephone for fines, nor does it accept gift cards as a form of settling fines related to jury duty or any other matters.

The PCSO advises the following steps for residents who receive such calls:

  • Do not provide any personal information to the caller.
  • Never agree to meet the caller in person.
  • End the call immediately.
  • Contact the PCSO at 520-866-5111 to report the incident and verify the identity of any individual claiming to be a PCSO employee.

Sheriff Mark Lamb of Pinal County emphasizes the importance of community awareness and urges residents to spread the word about this fraudulent activity. "We want to ensure that no Pinal County resident falls victim to such deceitful tactics. Remember, law enforcement will never solicit fines over the phone or threaten you for not complying immediately," Sheriff Lamb stated.

Residents who have been targeted by these calls have often noted the persuasive and authoritative tone of the scammers, making it understandable why some might be compelled to comply. However, awareness and education are key to combating these deceptive practices.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office remains dedicated to the safety and well-being of its residents and will be conducting a thorough investigation into these incidents to bring those responsible to justice.

For further inquiries or to report suspicious activity, residents can also reach out to the PCSO's non-emergency line 520.866.5111. Stay informed and protect yourself and your loved ones from potential scams.
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