EPCSO Warns of Potential Jury Duty Scam

El Paso, TX (KTSM) - The El Paso County Sheriff's Department is warning the public of a phone scam that has already had several victims.

This latest scam involves a person calling a citizen claiming to be Dep. Paul Cross of the Sheriff's Department." The caller then goes on to tell the victim that a jury duty summons was ignored and a warrant is out for arrest for Jury Duty Non-Attendance.

The victim is then instructed to purchase Money Trax cards totaling $987. EPCSO says that the caller often advises the victim to buy two or more cards for the full amount. The caller advises the victim to meet them at Sheriff's Headquarters located at 3850 Justice Rd. or the El Paso County Detention Center at 500 E. San Antonio to give them the Money Trax cards.

That's when things allegedly begin to unravel. The caller will later advise the victim that something came up and they won't be able to meet them. They'll then ask for the numbers on the back of the card so that the warrant can be cleared.

Victor Ramirez who is a Supervisor of Jury Selection at the El Paso County Courthouse advised investigators that they will never call anyone by phone to advise them that they missed Jury Duty.  The Sheriff’s office would also like to remind citizens that they will never be contacted by phone requesting payment for outstanding criminal warrants.

If anyone has been a victim of these scams, please contact the proper authorities. El Paso Police Department non-emergency number is 915-832-4400 and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number is 915-832-4408.


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