POLK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE WARNS OF CONTINUING PHONE SCAMS REGARDING WARRANTS AND JURY DUTY - JULY 19, 2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Polk County Sheriff’s Office Warns of Continuing Phone Scams Regarding Warrants and Jury Duty
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office would like to notify the public of a continuing telephone scam that is currently happening. Citizens are receiving telephone calls claiming to be from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office that there is a signed a warrant for the persons arrest for not showing up for Jury Duty, and to retrieve a large amount of cash and follow further instructions to avoid being arrested. THIS IS NOT THE PROCESS for Jury Duty.
Also, citizens are receiving telephone calls from individuals identifying themselves as Polk County Sheriff’s Office employees stating that there is a warrant for their arrest and they need to pay a sum of money to avoid being arrested. THIS IS NOT THE PROCEDURE FOR TAKING CARE OF WARRANTS. As a general rule, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office does not discuss or take care of valid warrants over the telephone.
Citizens do receive correspondence regarding these issues at times that are valid. Take the time to follow-up and call the numbers provided to verify the validity of the requests.
If you receive calls similar to these, DO NOT follow the instructions given. Please call the Polk County Courthouse Jury Management at (515) 286-3769 to have any Jury Duty questions answered or contact Polk County Dispatch at (515) 286-3333 or your local law enforcement agency to report the receipt of these types of calls. Be diligent and aware that there are individuals that will represent themselves under false pretenses for personal gain.