- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The county sheriff based in Pittsburgh says someone pretending to be a deputy has been calling residents and threatening to arrest them for missing jury duty unless they paid him money.

The Allegheny County sheriff’s office says the caller used the name of a real lieutenant, but made the calls from a cellphone. The number had been disconnected by Tuesday.

The sheriff’s office says the calls are a scam and that citizens will not be notified over the phone if there’s a warrant for their arrest. Rather, deputies will appear in person to make the arrest.

The two calls reported over the weekend targeted elderly residents, including one message left on an answering machine for a person who died four years ago.

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