- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Gwinnett County sheriff’s officials say scammers have been targeting residents by phone and pressuring them to load hundreds of dollars onto pre-paid debit cards to void non-existent arrest warrants.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Shannon Volkodav tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (https://bit.ly/Y1C8PP ) that at least four victims made payments of up to $962 after being told the payments would address arrest warrants for failing to appear for jury duty.

Volkodav says victims have been told to buy Green Dot MoneyPak cards that were used to pay the scammers.

Volkodav says similar scams have been reported throughout Georgia. She says county residents who receive similar calls should call the sheriff’s investigative services division.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, https://www.ajc.com

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