TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Pima County is experiencing another jury duty scam, with an aggressive caller bullying victims into complying, according to a release from Arizona Superior Court.
A man, identifying himself as Lt. Tommy Donaldson with the Pima County Sheriff's Department is telling victims that they have failed to appear for jury duty and an arrest warrant has been issued for them. According to the release the scammer tells the person they can avoid arrest by sending a prepaid card; the victim is then instructed to call back and give the card number to access the funds.
The scammer has asked for amounts ranging from $400 to $1,500, according to Pima County officials. Dozens of residents have already fallen for this new scam and have reported it to the Pima County Jury Commissioner's Office and the Tucson Police Department.
"No jury office staff, court representative or law enforcement officer will ever contact you by phone or email to tell you that you failed to report for your jury service and that you need to immediately go to the bank or a store to pay a fine,” said Kathy Pollard, Jury Commissioner for Arizona Superior Court in Pima County, in the recent release. "We also would never call and threaten or bully someone into paying a fine for any reason related to the court. These calls are completely unrelated to the court or a jury summons."
Those who fail to appear for jury duty will receive a FAILURE TO APPEAR NOTICE, a second summons will have a number to call to reschedule the jury duty.
According to the release Arizona is not the first state to experience a scam by a person using a similar name. California, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Indiana residents have also been hit by the same scam. In each case the scammer used a similar name to the Pima County caller - Lt. Tom Donaldson, Lt. John Donaldson and Capt. Mike Ring; in all instances, the caller claimed to be a member of the local Sheriff's Department.
"If a caller is claiming to be from the Sheriff's Department, the person can ask for the badge number and call our main number (351-4600) and verify that is a real deputy,” said PCSD Deputy Courtney Rodriguez. "If the caller is being super aggressive, don't give them any money, try to get the number they are calling from and hang up the phone."
Anyone contacted by a suspected scammer should not make any payments or provide personal information. The jury office will also never ask for a social security number.
These types of calls should be reported immediately to TPD or PCSD by calling 911. Individuals also can log onto the Federal Trade Commission's website at
and click on the blue Consumer Complaint button to file an online fraud complaint.