Jury duty scam: Caller claiming to be officer, demands $1,500

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about a caller who claims to be an officer, demanding residents pay him after he says they failed to appear for jury duty.

The sheriff's office said a man posing as an officer told a woman she missed jury duty and have a warrant for failure to appear.  He then told the resident they now have to pay him or they will be arrested.

The caller said there would be a $1,500 fine and told the woman to appear at the main courthouse in West Palm Beach at a specific date and time. 

The sheriff's office said they do not call people and demand payment if you miss jury duty.  If you get the call, hang up immediately and report it.

There have been other similar incidents reported to PBSO during the past six months where the callers, who claim to be law enforcement officers, instruct the victims to purchase Gold Dot money cards, call back with the money card account numbers, and deposit funds into a PayPal account.

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