Authorities warn of jury duty phone scam

By Betty Simpson |

Published 02/04 2014 04:21PM

Updated 07/24 2014 11:30AM

Update: 10:07 pm, 7/23/14, Wednesday
MACON COUNTY -- The sheriff's office is warning of another phone scam. The latest has the caller posing as someone from within the department. The scammer tells callers they must pay a fine for missing jury duty or be arrested. Authorities say anyone who receives this type of call should hang up and never give out personal information like credit card numbers.
Original: 4:21 pm, 2/4/14, Tuesday
SANGAMON COUNTY -- Authorities are warning the public of a phone scam. A man is calling people and saying they've missed jury duty and must post bond to pay for bench warrants. He tells them, if bond is not posted by credit card, they will be arrested. There are several variations of the call, but the premise is the same.

The Sangamon County Sheriff's Office wants you to know this is not a procedure followed by any law enforcement agency. The public is being told to ignore the calls and not provide any personal information to the caller. The calls are being made from a TracFone which makes them untraceable.

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