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Posted: 4:34 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Court officials in Mecklenburg County said residents are being tricked out of hundreds of dollars in a new scheme involving jury duty.Court officials said the caller pretends to be a sheriff's deputy and tells residents that they have failed to report for jury duty and face a fine.The caller then says that to avoid coming into the courthouse, the victim can pay off a fine by putting money toward a prepaid debit card.In one case, a woman was tricked into giving $400 to a caller claiming to be a deputy named Tom Allen.Courthouse officials said they have received several calls from residents worried about the fake fines.This is not the first time Mecklenburg County residents have been the victims of crimes related to jury duty.In the past, callers have used the same con to steal personal information, including Social Security numbers.Officials said jury staff members and the sheriff's office will never contact you by phone or email and ask for Social Security numbers, credit card numbers or money.If you think you are a victim of this most recent crime, you are asked to call the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
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