Residents of Pima County have reported that a person is contacting them and demanding $2,000 to avoid arrest for failing to show up for jury duty.

The telephone caller tells the person that there is an outstanding warrant for their arrest, and they have two hours to get $2,000 to a specified location, or be arrested, said Anne-Marie Braswell, a Pima County Superior Court spokeswoman.

The caller says they are calling on behalf of a judge, who does not exist, and the deputy district attorney's office, which also is fictitious, Braswell said.

Braswell said that if you receive such a call to hang up and call the county jury commissioner's office at 724-4222, and staff will verify whether you have an outstanding summons for jury service.

A report should also be made to law enforcement, Braswell said.