- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Officials in eastern Iowa’s Linn County are warning residents about phone call scammers pretending to be an officer and demanding them to pay a fine for missed jury duty.

Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner says several people called Monday to report calls from a man saying he is Lt. Greg Allen with the sheriff’s office.

Gardner says the scammer tries to collect money by saying someone has missed jury duty, ordering the purchase of a money order and threatening arrest if the fine isn’t paid.

The sheriff says there is no one by the scammer’s name in the office. He adds officers don’t contact people by phone and threaten their arrest if a fine isn’t paid.

Last week, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a similar phone scam.

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