Sheriff Warns of Jury Scam

From the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office:

Jury Arrest Warrant Scam

The scam hasn't reached McHenry County yet.

The scam hasn’t reached McHenry County yet.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office advises residents of a scam that is currently active in the 23rd Circuit Court (Kendall County).

The fraudulent scam involves an individual telephoning a citizen and advising them that they missed scheduled jury duty and that a judge has issued an arrest warrant. In the Kendall County case the caller identified himself as “Captain David Allen” from the “Federal Warrant Division”.

The caller also provided the name of a sitting 23rd Circuit Court Judge as the jurist who issued the arrest warrant.

The caller then advises the victim that they can avoid arrest if they pay the “fine” immediately.

The caller then instructs the victim to obtain a “money pack” – a type of prepaid credit card available at many retail establishments – and to call “Captain Allen” at a specified phone number.

The victim will then read the numbers off of the money pack and the matter will then be settled.

While it is unclear how widespread this fraudulent activity may be within Illinois, it is likely that this particular scam may appear in other circuits throughout the State of Illinois.

Residents are encouraged to share the contents of this notification and report to your local police jurisdiction if you are a victim of this scam.

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