GRAND JURY SCAM
Sheriff John Wilcher and the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office would like all county residents to be aware of a current Grand Jury Scam. County residents are being contacted over the phone where they are being informed that they have a “Failure to Appear Warrant” or have failed to appear for a Grand Jury summons and now need to pay a cash bond or risk being arrested. The individuals making the calls are instructing citizens to pay the bond amount at the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office using the kiosk in the front lobby via a “Green dot Card.”
Please be aware the Chatham County Courthouse may call citizens about a jury summons. However, Chatham County Court services and the Sheriff’s Office will NEVER demand any payment type over the phone. The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office does not contact ANYONE by phone to process a payment for any fine.
Past investigations have concluded these scams have originated from prisoners in the Georgia penal institutions.
Please remain vigilant and do not provide any personal information or payment information to anyone over the phone. If anyone believes that they have been a victim of this scam or has information regarding this illegal operation please contact the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Division at 912-652-7681.