A new scam is targeting Hancock County residents, according to Sheriff Ralph Fletcher. His department has received numerous reports of a man claiming to be with the sheriff’s office who gave false information that there was a warrant issued for them for failing to report for jury duty.
Sheriff Fletcher said callers are claiming the individuals have a fine for a specific amount and they will send someone to the house to collect a cash voucher for payment.
“No court system would notify individuals this way nor would they request payment to be made in this manner,” he said. “We are urging area residents to take caution and report any calls of this nature to the authorities,” Fletcher said.
He said it is one of many scams circulating the area in which people are asked to send money for different purposes. He said a similar scam happened in June.
According to Fletcher, it seems the caller is targeting the elderly population, and that extra precautions should be taken with elderly residents who might believe the caller.
Calls can be reported to the Hancock Sheriff’s Office at 304-564-4100.