Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued a scam warning after several Oklahomans say they received phone calls from someone claiming to be from a sheriff’s office. According to officials, the caller told citizens that they failed to appear for jury duty and now must pay a fine or be arrested. “Neither the court nor law enforcement will ever call you regarding jury duty,” Attorney General Pruitt said. “Jury duty notices are sent by the court clerk, and these notices will always be sent to perspective jurors by mail. We encourage Oklahomans to contact our office if they feel they have been a victim of a scam or if they have been contacted through a suspicious phone call, e-mail or letter.” The Attorney General’s Office listed the following tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of a telephone scam:
- Try to verify the caller’s identity as well as the company they represent;
- Don’t provide personal or financial information unless you have initiated the call to a verified reputable person, business or government entity;
- Never send money through a wire transfer or other means unless you are sending to a close friend or family member;
- Don’t feel pressured to give information or send money quickly.
Please contact local law enforcement if you have been a victim of a scam. Additional information on how to protect yourself from being scammed can be found in the latest issue of RSVP’s quarterly newsletter, “The Volunteer Connection.” If you would like to receive a copy of our newsletter, please call our office at 918-280-8656, Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.
Also, mark your calendars for Thursday, January 29, 2015, when RSVP Tulsa will host a free workshop on SCAMS and Other Fraudulent Activity Being Targeted at Seniors, which will be presented by Channel 6 Crime Reporter Lori Fullbright.