Jury Duty Scam Continues in Anchorage
Anchorage Police Department
September 27, 2013
Contact: Jennifer Castro
APD Public Information Officer
Subject: Jury Duty Scam Continues in Anchorage
The Anchorage Police Department continues to receive reports of what’s being called the “Jury Duty Scam.” Back in late August, APD received more than a dozen reports of a scam where callers were pretending to be police officers with the Anchorage Police Department and stating that an arrest warrant had been issued for the call recipient for failing to appear at jury duty. The scammers were instructing the citizens to go to a Walmart or Walgreens and provide a green dot money card to pay the fine for their alleged crime. In the cases early on, the scammers were using false officer names and false badge numbers.
Since late August, APD has received a total of 57 reports of the “Jury Duty” scam and in some cases the complainants had actually provided funds to the scammers (in one case thousands of dollars). It has also been reported that the scammers are now using actual officer names of the Anchorage Police Department, including the Chief of Police Mark Mew. APD Detectives are working on the case and attempting to identify the owner(s) of the phones. So far multiple phone numbers have been used by the scammers, however all of the lines are under an out-of-state carrier but begin with a 907-312-xxxx phone number.
If citizens receive this type of call, they are asked to report the case to the Anchorage Police Department at 907-786-8900. It is also helpful to the get the phone number of the scammer.
It is not the procedure of the Anchorage Police Department to make a phone call for an arrest warrant for jury duty. To verify the identity of an APD officer, a resident can ask for the officer’s full name and badge number, and then call APD Dispatch at 786-8900 to confirm the information.
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