- Associated Press - Saturday, March 7, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Attorney General Luther Strange is warning Alabamians of a scam involving callers demanding payment for missed jury duty.

Strange says scammers in several areas of the state have been calling victims and threatening to arrest them for missing jury duty. Strange says suspects then tell the victims, who were typically elderly, that they can avoid jail time by purchasing a pre-paid credit card and paying a fake bond over the phone.

Strange says the calls are being placed from pre-paid cellphones with local numbers. The attorney general says this scam has been reported in Autauga, Butler, Coffee, Colbert, Covington, Etowah, Houston, Morgan, Mobile and Tuscaloosa counties.

Strange says Alabamians who miss jury duty are typically contacted in writing and are asked to call local clerk’s offices.

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