SIOUX CITY | Local residents receiving calls that they missed jury duty and must pay a fine should not provide financial information or send money to callers, the Sioux City Police Department said in a news release Tuesday.
Crime prevention officer Lori Noltze said the department has received reports that residents have received calls from individuals saying they are with the police department or the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office. The caller says the person missed jury duty and needs to pay a fine or face arrest. They then ask the person to buy a "Green Dot" card or some other type of prepaid money card, then give them the information off of the card.
Noltze said the police department and sheriff's office does not contact individuals by phone and ask for money for missed jury duty, late traffic fines or warrants/bond fees.
Noltze reminded citizens to always independently verify a caller's identity or affiliation with an agency before sending money or giving out personal information.