The El Paso County Sheriff’s office is warning residents of a scam regarding missed jury duty.
EPCSO officials say several people around El Paso County have received phone calls from a person claiming to Det. Paul Cross of the “Sheriff’s Department”.
The scammer claims that a jury summons was ignored and that there is a warrant for arrest for Jury duty Non-Attendance. The victim is then told to buy Money Trax cards for varied amounts totaling $987.00 in most cases. The scammer sometimes asks the victim to purchase two or more cards.
The scammer then states that this is a way to have the warrant recalled and a way to pay for the warrants; the scammer then asks the victim to meet him at 3850 Justice Rd. or 500 E. San Antonio in order to give him the money card.
After the victim purchases the money cards, the scammer claims that he/she cannot meet and requests the serial numbers displayed on the money cards so that the warrant can be taken care of. Those numbers are then turned into cash by the scammer depriving the victim of the money.
Victor Ramirez, a Supervisor of Jury Selection at the El Paso County Courthouse, tells EPCSO investigators that they will never call anyone by phone to advise them that they missed Jury Duty. Mr. Ramirez adds that if anyone has been a victim of this scam, they should contact the proper authorities.
The El Paso Police Department non-emergency number is 915-832-4400 and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number is 546-2282.
The Sheriff’s office would like to let citizens know that they will never receive a call requesting payment for outstanding criminal warrants.