San Diego Superior Court officials are warning the public to be aware of individuals pretending to be court officers and officials after receiving complaints about recent scams.
In one instance, an individual pretending to be a member of the San Diego Police Department calls a member of the public to tell them they’ve failed to appear for jury duty and must pay a fine. The fake officer then informs the person that he or she must get a money order from a convenience store and meet the fake officer at the courthouse with it.
Another scam involves an individual identifying themselves as a court clerk calling someone and telling that person they have an outstanding warrant fine that will need to be paid in cash.
In both cases, however, the potential victims did not fall for the scammers’ stories.
“People need to know that the court will not call someone on the phone to remedy a court issue or fine," said Michael Roddy, executive officer of San Diego Superior Court. "The court will send you a written notice. It will not call you asking for money.
"In addition, the court also accepts checks and credit cards, so no one should be insisting you pay a fine in cash."
Those who receive such a phone call should simply hang up and, if the scammer persists, call their local law enforcement agency.