- Associated Press - Saturday, December 26, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia’s attorney general is warning residents about a jury duty phone scam.

Patrick Morrisey say a scammer who claims that they’re from the Nicholas County Sherriff’s Office is telling residents there is a warrant out for their arrest because they didn’t show up for federal grand jury duty. The scammer says citizens would be held in contempt before a Nicholas County federal judge, but that the charges can be dismissed if they pay the fine over the phone.

The caller asks residents for their cell phone number to pay the outstanding arrests warrants or tells them to buy a prepaid credit card so the money can be transferred onto it.

Morrisey says residents should call their local circuit clerk’s office and sheriff’s department if they get such a call.

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