- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Police in Salt Lake County say someone is calling area homes and falsely telling residents that they’ve missed jury duty and must pay a $500 fine.

Unified Police Department spokesman Lex Bell says the scam involves a caller pretending to be a Salt Lake County Sheriff’s deputy who tells victims to show up in court at a specific date or to wire money directly to an account to avoid an arrest warrant or charge.

Bell says several such calls have been made to Millcreek-area homes over the last month.

He says detectives want help from the public if they have any information about who may be behind the calls or any victims of the scam.

Bell says officers with Salt Lake County police do not call people to settle court fines.

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