Sheriff’s Office warns of jury duty scam

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ATLANTA — The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a new twist on an old telephone scam.

According to the office, residents have been receiving calls from people falsely claiming to be Fulton County Sheriff’s deputies. The fake deputy tells the resident there is a warrant for their arrest for missing jury duty and to avoid going to jail, the citizen must pay up. Often, the fake deputy will insist the citizen pay via a reloadable credit card.

This type of scam is national and dates back to 2005, but the newest trend usually targets married couples. The perpetrators usually indicate the warrant is for the wife.

Real sheriff’s deputies will not call you on the telephone or shake you down for money. If you receive one of these phone calls, you are urged to contact local investigators to report it immediately.You can reach the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office at 404-612-5100.


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