District Attorney - San Joaquin County


TORI VERBER SALAZAR
District Attorney

222 E. Weber Avenue
Second Floor, Room 202
Stockton, CA 95202
Phone: (209) 468-2400
Fax: (209) 465-0371


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San Joaquin County

 ConsumerAlert 2 

 

Jury Summons Scam Hits San Joaquin County

We are asking San Joaquin County residents to be on the alert. A known jury summons scam has made its way to our County in the city of Linden. The scam goes like this:

You get a call on your home phone or cell phone from someone who will identify themselves as a Deputy by name (it may be the name of an actual Deputy) and (fake) badge number, stating that they are from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office and that they are calling to notify you about an outstanding citation and warrant. They may tell you that you have a failure to appear “grand jury summons”, and that you are being charged with contempt of court. They then tell you that must come to the Sheriff’s Office right away to clear this or you will be arrested. They will read the citation code numbers and fines to you (in this instance it was a total of $2,353.00) along with the specific date you “failed to appear” for “grand jury service”. You will be told the date the summons was “mailed to you”, along with the name of a Superior Court Judge who “issued” the summons.

When you tell the person that you never received the “summons”, the “deputy” will tell you that it’s their job to notify you of your citations. They may then tell you that since you are obviously an upstanding citizen with no prior convictions that you have two “options”: one, to pay the total fine with “green dot MoneyPaks” in person at the Sheriff’s Office immediately; or two, be arrested and go through the booking process. He will give you the address of 7000 Michael Canlis Blvd, French Camp, Room 101 and that a clerk (whose name they may give you) would process the paper work after you paid the fines. At that point they will “sign off on the paperwork” and “give it to the judge”.  The call will then end.

The caller may call you back and tell you that you need to leave now and go directly to your financial institution and get the money, and then go to the nearest retail store like Food-4-Less, CVS, Rite Aid, or Walgreens, to buy the green dot MoneyPaks because they will not accept personal checks or credit cards, only these “vouchers”. They will tell you that you must remain in contact with them until you arrive to make sure that you are going to show up, or else they would come to your house and arrest you. He will then read your actual street address to you to prove they know where you live. The call may then end again.

Here’s what you should know:  First, neither the Superior Court nor the Sheriff’s Office will EVER call you asking for money or other personal information – you will be contacted by mail. Next, no County or State agency will ask you to pay a fine in a pre-paid card form like MoneyPaks. Finally, DO NOT go to the Sheriff’s Office location as directed. The scammers may be waiting for you in the parking lot, or may be waiting for you to leave your home so that they may break in.

If this happens to you hang up the phone and IMMEDIATELY call the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office at (209) 468-4400 to file are report.

Stay safe out there!