Shawnee Co. Court does not call people for payment or quotes

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The Shawnee Co. Court isn’t asking anyone to pay over the phone.

The court said it heard from several people claiming to have received phone calls from the Shawnee Co. Sheriff’s Office asking them to pay court fees for breach of jury duty. The court emphasizes that they will not contact anyone by phone to default on jury duty, issue warrants or accept payment of any kind. The Shawnee Co. Sheriff’s Office has been made aware of this and several similar scams currently circulating.

The court describes the fraudulent calls as follows: The individuals state that they are “calling from the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office; there’s a warrant out for their failure to report for juror. The recipient of the phone call is given a series of fake citation numbers along with a phone number to call the sheriff and a likely fake officer name. The appellant is informed that Judge Christopher has set his costs and fines at $XX and that payment will be accepted via Venmo, Apple Pay or Zelle. The amount to be paid to Venmo was to be paid to Yasha Bailey, @epay-advisor22.

You should never give financial or personal information over the phone. If you receive a suspicious call, you can always contact the authorities or the company/organization the call originated from.

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