Four report jury scam phone calls

The sheriff’s office is warning residents about a scam involving a phone call claiming they missed a court date and demanding money.

Over the weekend, four residents called the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office to report getting a phone call from a man, saying his name was Lt. David Reed and that he worked for the sheriff’s office.

The caller said the residents had either missed a court date or missed jury duty and were going to be arrested, according to the sheriff’s office reports.

He told the residents to purchase gift cards and that they would be refunded when they showed up to court today, the report said.

None of the residents gave the caller money, according to the reports.

The sheriff’s office put out a warning on Sunday, reminding residents they will never ask for money over the phone and would not call to say someone had missed jury duty, according to the statement from the sheriff’s office.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.