Here is how the scam works:
The offender calls an unsuspecting resident, claiming to be an official with the Sheriff’s Office. They tell the resident that they have failed to meet a jury duty obligation, and then threatens their arrest unless the resident buys a prepaid card, loads it with money, and then arranges for transfer of those funds to the suspect. In some cases, the suspect may claim that only cash is accepted, and then attempt to meet the victim in front of a courthouse, police station, or other government building.
This is not how the real police operate. In fact, police officers will never call you to demand payment in lieu of arrest. If you receive a phone call that you believe is part of a jury duty scam, or any other scam – hang up, and call your local law enforcement agency.
Children who have aging parents should talk with their loved ones about these types of scams. Warn them to never give anyone numbers or codes to their credit cards, bankcards, or any personal or financial information over the telephone. Also, be sure to warn them never to meet anyone who calls demanding payment over the telephone, in person.