Boone County Sheriff's Department Warns of Phone Scam

4 years 6 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, May 13 2014 May 13, 2014 Tuesday, May 13, 2014 4:05:00 PM CDT May 13, 2014 in News
By: Jenna Middaugh, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

BOONE COUNTY - The Boone County Sheriff's Department is warning the community of a jury duty phone scam after a resident received a call Monday.

Maj. Tom Reddin, Chief Deputy for the Boone County Sheriff's Department, said a Boone County resident received three calls Monday from a person saying he was a sergeant with the Boone County Sheriff's Department. The scammer said a warrant had been issued for the resident's arrest for failing to appear for jury duty and gave the resident directions to purchase a $500 cash reserve card from a local Walgreens and call back with the card number.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department said it doesn't make phone calls if citizens fail to report for jury duty. It said a uniformed deputy sheriff will contact a citizen in person with a "Show Cause" order, which is an order requiring the person to appear in court to explain why he or she failed to report for jury duty. The Sheriff's Department said it doesn't ask citizens to buy cash reserve cards and call back with the card number.

Reddin said the resident recognized the call was a scam and didn't follow the caller's instructions.

Reddin also said other popular phone scams include a caller claiming to call on behalf of a relative that has been arrested in another state and needs bail money. Another scam is a caller claiming to be from Publisher's Clearing House arranging for a time for the person to collect his or her prize.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department said people should protect themselves by hanging up on calls they think may be scams.

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