Sheriff warns of jury duty scam after woman pays $500

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Dauphin County Sheriff Nicholas Chimienti says phone scammers have been posing as deputy sheriffs.

He says the scammers told one woman on Wednesday that she owned more than $1,900 for failing to appear for jury duty.

“They are ruthless,” Chimienti said. “They are smooth and know what to say.”

Chimienti says the woman was told she would be arrested if she didn’t pay.

“In this case, the scammers stayed on the phone with her,” Chimienti said. “They demanded that she stay on the telephone line while she purchased MoneyPak cards to pay the bogus fine.”

Chimienti says the woman paid $500 dollars then became suspicious and refused to pay the remaining balance.

Deputies would never call and demand payment over the phone.

Chimienti says anyone who has been a victim of this scam should try to get as much information as possible – such as a name, call-back number or email address – without giving any of their personal information.

You should also immediately file a complaint by calling your local police department or the Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection’s toll-free helpline number at 1-800-441-2555.

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