EUGENE, Ore. - What should you do if Sgt. Jackson of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office calls you and says you face a warrant for your arrest if you don't pay a $1,500 fine for failing to appear for jury duty
The same thing you should do if a sheriff's office lieutenant calls about you failing to pay a traffic camera ticket.
A scam involving callers representing themselves as being from the Lane County Sheriff's Office morphed from calls about tickets from traffic cameras - there aren't any - into calls about failing to show up for jury duty.
"The latest call we have is a person called a lady and was very aggressive on the phone," Sgt. David Bones said.
The caller claims he's Lieutenant Jackson and tells people they failed to appear on a grand jury subpoena. The caller goes on to say they have a warrant that says you owe $300 to $1,500 to the system and they want them to pay it to the lieutenant.
"(They're) calling about traffic cameras, that you drove through a traffic cam, you did not pay a fine and now they're trying to get you to pay him," Sgt. Bones said. "It was not the way the Lane County Sheriff's Office would go about receiving fines or any restitution that would be owed to the courts."
Bones, unlike the caller, is real. KVAL News talked with him in person, which is how the sheriff's office would approach you if, in fact, you had an active warrant out for your arrest.
"It was not the way the Lane County Sheriff's Office would go about receiving fines or any restitution that would be owed to the courts," Bones said. "They're trying to separate you from your money."