The St. Joseph County Police Department has been made aware of a scam in which a male claiming to be an officer with the SJCPD calls and says that the person answering the phone has missed jury duty for the Federal Grand Jury.
He then lets them know that they have a misdemeanor warrant out for their arrest, but that he can take care of it if they meet him with a money order.
The caller leaves a local phone number for the target to contact him back later to verify information.
According to Lt. Matt Blank, this call is by no means legitimate.
"The individuals involved in this are not affiliated with the St. Joseph County Police Department or the Federal Grand Jury," Blank explains. "At no time will officers from our department ask for money in order to satisfy a warrant. All bonds posted for warrants are handled at the St. Joseph County Jail or the St. Joseph County Clerk’s Office located inside the Courthouse."
If you receive such a call, do not give out any personal or financial information, and as always be wary of any calls asking for unsolicited payments or personal information.
If anyone receives a call of this nature and is concerned that it could possibly be true, they should feel free to contact the St. Joseph County Police Department or the St. Joseph County Courthouse to verify the claim.