Authorities in Kent Co. warn of jury duty scam

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Authorities in Kent County are warning residents of scammers calling around, claiming people are in trouble for not showing up for jury duty.

Grand Rapids police say the caller instructs the victims that they have to pay a specific amount of money or they will be arrested on a warrant.

The caller then persuades the victim to get a prepaid credit card from stores like CVS, Wal-Mart and Rite Aid for a specific amount and then call back. Once the victim calls back, a message states that the caller has reached the Grand Rapids Police Department Warrant Division and due to the call volume they are unable to answer.

Once the numbers are given, the money is taken off the prepaid card by the suspect(s). The Kent County Sheriff’s Department tracked the number to Georgia.

The courts and law enforcement do not contact residents by phone regarding jury duty.

If anyone has received this type of scam call, please contact your local law enforcement agency.

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