Don’t fall for jury duty scam

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The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents not to fall for a jury duty scam. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the current scam involves an individual claiming to be employed by the Sheriff’s Office who calls local residents and tells them they have missed jury duty. The caller then informs the resident that they must pay a large fine to keep from going to jail.

“This is a scam. Do not fall for it,” said Lt. Sheila B. Cole. “All appointments to jury duty are handled by Anderson County courts.”

The Sheriff’s Office does not track residents’ jury duty status and they do not have the authority to fine individuals or place them in jail without a court-issued order.

If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from a law enforcement agency and you believe the call may be a scam, please hang up and contact the agency to verify the call and the caller.

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number is (864) 260-4400.