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Scammers Say You Missed Jury Duty, Must Pay Up

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SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. -

Authorities have issued a warning about a jury duty phone scam that's targeting residents in one Delaware County as well as neighboring counties and states.

According to Sussex County officials, the fraudsters claim to be members of the county sheriff's office notifying residents that they missed jury duty and that there is a warrant for their arrest.

The caller tells residents that to avoid being arrested they must provide a credit card number or prepaid debit card to pay a fine and lift the warrant.

"Residents are advised that under no circumstances should they give out credit card information or any personal information," states the warning from Sussex County. "All notices regarding jury duty come through the mail, including summonses to report for jury duty and failure to report for jury duty. The New Jersey Judiciary Jury Management Office does not call jurors."

Officials add that no government agency will tell you to make payments through a bank or wire transfer.

If you're being asked for personal information from an unsolicited phone number, hang up and notify local authorities or the state police.

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