- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Law enforcement officials in Boise are warning residents about a new jury duty phone scam.

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office says the scammers call people and tell them that they’re going to be arrested for missing jury duty. Then the callers ask for payment, made by a pre-paid credit card, to cancel the phony arrest warrant.

Sheriff’s spokesman Patrick Orr said in a prepared statement Monday that more than a dozen people in Ada and Canyon Counties have reported the phone calls so far.

Orr says sheriff’s deputies never ask for payment via pre-paid credit cards. People who actually miss jury duty are sent letters in the mail.

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