- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Richmond Sheriff’s Office says a scammer is calling area residents and demanding money for missed jury duty.

Sheriff C.T. Woody says a caller claiming to be from his office is telling victims that they missed jury duty and must pay $1,000 to $3,000 to avoid jail time. He says the caller demands the supposed fine in cash, a Money Pack or a Green Dot card from Wal-Mart or Kroger.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/2hKEMTY ), the scammer has warned victims not to contact the city courthouse and instead gives them a phone number to call to arrange a meeting for payment.

Woody says there’s no charge for missing jury duty and anyone who gets a scam call should contact the city jury office.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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