Sheriff issues scam alert

The Warren County Sheriff is warning residents about a scam taking place in a number of western Pennsylvania counties.

According to the sheriff, residents in Allegheny County and the surrounding area have been receiving phone calls notifying them that there is a bench warrant for their arrest for missing jury duty. The caller says the resident will not go to jail and the bench warrant will be disposed of if they pay an immediate fine.

Residents who receive the scam call should contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at 723-7553.

“Before they do anything, call here first,” Sheriff Kenneth Klakamp said. “Do not take any action until you have contacted the sheriff’s office.”

Klakamp said it’s very rare for the sheriff’s office to contact residents by telephone about a bench warrant for their arrest and “we wouldn’t say you have to send money.”

If a resident had missed jury duty, Klakamp said deputies would follow the directions of the court and if a judge directed a deputy to pick up a resident, they would.

“We wouldn’t go out and collect money,” on a bench warrant for missing jury duty, he said.