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Warning issued on phone scam involving jury duty

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Police are warning residents about a scam in which local residents have been called and told they owe a fine for missing jury duty.

A Greenwood man received a phone call Monday from a man who said he was a lieutenant with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. The caller told him he missed a grand jury hearing April 1, according to a report from the sheriff’s office. The members of a grand jury are selected at random and are called to meet by the prosecutor to decide if an indictment should occur.

The caller told the man he could pay a $666.45 fine or be arrested. The resident said he would drive to the sheriff’s office to pay the fine but was told he needed to buy a prepaid credit card and call back with the card information before driving to the sheriff’s office, the report said.

The resident became suspicious when the caller could not give him directions to the sheriff’s office.

Another resident in Greenwood received a similar call Monday and reported it to police, according to the report.

Police will never request money over the phone to pay a fine or handle any issues with grand jury selection, Sheriff Doug Cox said.

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