New Jersey Phone Scam Demands Payment for Missed Jury Duty

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    Victims get a call saying they missed jury duty and that they can make it up by paying up. Pat Battle has the story. (Published Friday, April 11, 2014)

    New Jersey residents are being warned about a phone scam in which the caller pretends to be a law enforcement officer trying to collect fines for a missed jury duty appearance.

    It's happened at least three times this month in Raritan, but dozens more complaints about phony jury duty scams have been filed all over the region and the country. 

    The caller typically asks for $500 in the form of a pre-paid card.

    Police say no government agency will ever call to ask for personal information over the phone, and any citizen who owes the government money will be notified about it in the mail. 

    Investigators say the scam artists use throwaway phones, making it harder to trace them. 

    Still, anyone who's been a victim is urged to contact police. 

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