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Deputies warn of scam callers making claims about warrant, jury duty, unpaid fees

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

Real deputies are not making phone calls claiming people missed jury duty and must pay a fee by providing debit or credit card information.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office said a number of complaints have been received from the public recently regarding scam calls.

Intended victims said the caller has identified himself as Lt. Troy Stevens, a court investigator from the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Some people reported missing the call, but the caller left a message urging them to call back at a phone number with a 503 area code.

The caller says the intended victim will be arrested if they do not provide debit or credit card information.

"The Washington County Sheriff's Office will never call demanding money for any reason. If someone calls and attempts to convince you there is a warrant for your arrest, you missed jury duty or have unpaid fines or fees, please call the agency directly to confirm the allegation. We are advising anyone who receives a call like this to report it immediately," according to a sheriff's office statement.

Other local law enforcement agencies have received reports with similar circumstances.

This scam is a variation of other incidents where scammers will call or email with the promise of something in exchange for cash, Green Dot prepaid cards, money wires or any other form of payment.

The Sheriff's Office encourages the public to never send money without being the one to initiate the transaction.

Investigators are seeking the public's help regarding similar scam cases. If you have any information, or have recently received a solicitation that seemed suspicious, call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.

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