PD: Chandler elderly targeted in phone scam about arrest warrants

CHANDLER, AZ - An impersonator calling elderly people in Chandler about jury duty warrants is try to scam them of money, according to the Chandler Police Department. 

Officials said a man has been calling elderly members of the Chandler community and identifying himself as a Chandler City Court officer or a Chandler police officer. The man informs the victim of an arrest warrant for missing jury duty. 

Chandler police said the impersonator confirms the victim's address and name building a sense of credibility. 

The impersonator instructs victims to purchase a pre-paid credit card and to call the impersonator back and provide them with the access code on the card. Once the code is provided, the victim is told their warrant is cleared. 

Chandler police said that while they do have a unit that phones people who have active arrest warrants, the unit does not collect any form of payment over the phone. 

The Chandler Magistrate Court settles warrants, in person or over the phone, and handles payments of arrest warrants, not Chandler's law enforcement agencies. 

Officials ask for those who have received similar phone calls to report it by calling the Chandler Police Department at 480-782-4130.

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