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Jury duty scam comes back to parts of Maryland

Posted: 10:51 AM, Jul 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-31 14:11:02-04
Jury duty scam comes back to parts of Maryland

A local sheriff's office is sending out yet another warning after a jury duty scam resurfaced in their area.

According to St. Mary's County officials, a Leonardtown resident recently got a call from the sheriff's office saying they missed jury duty and they now owed money. They were told to go to Food Lion and buy four MoneyPacks gift cards to resolve their failure to appear fines. 

Officials want to remind everyone that they will not call people asking for money in MoneyPacks and to not give out personal information over the phone. 

This is not the first time St. Mary's County has had scams like this one. Another phone scam this year also had someone posing to be from the sheriff's office saying they failed to report for jury duty and there was an active warrant for their arrest. 

In that scam, people were also told to pay off their feed in MoneyPacks. 

If you have been a victim of a jury duty scam, another phone scam or have any information regarding such incidents, call the Sheriff’s Office at 301-475-8008. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637).

Through the Crime Solvers Program, tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.