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Return of jury duty scam costs woman $475

By Brian Heap, bheap@kwch.com
Published On: Apr 21 2014 01:06:09 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 21 2014 05:20:55 PM CDT
(WICHITA, Kan.) -

Pay up, or go to jail.
For most people that's not much of a choice. And scam artists know that.

FactFinder 12 first told you about a jury duty scam in January. This past weekend, Wichita police received four complaints about the scam.

Here's how it works: A person calls claiming to be a sheriff's warrant deputy.  He says there's a warrant for your arrest for failing to show up for jury duty.

You're told to either send money right away, or be hauled off to jail.

FactFinder 12 Investigators spoke with a woman Monday who fell victim to the scam. She was too embarrassed to speak on camera. She says the man called himself "Sergeant Jones" and was "very convincing."

After getting off the phone, she ran to the nearest Walgreens and put $475.50 dollars on a Green Dot Money Pak card, as ordered. She then called the man back and gave him the card number. Police say once that happens the money is gone and almost impossible to trace.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff's office does not collect fines for failing for show for jury duty. And the county would certainly never use Green Dot cards as currency.

People who miss jury duty will receive an official letter from the court, not a phone call.

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