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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Alert; Missed Jury Duty Scam asks Citizens for Money on a Greendot Card

Upper Marlboro, MD…Prince George’s County  Office of Communications and Public Relations said it has received information about a scam that involves a caller telling a citizen that she has missed a jury duty and asking that she go to a 7 Eleven to buy a pre-paid card in the amount of $500.

Sheriff Melvin C. High is asking the media to let the public know that no sworn or civilian member of the Sheriff’s Office makes calls to citizens about jury duty, nor do we ask citizens for money on a prepaid card for missing jury duty or any other reason.

According to the citizen who reported the incident, when he called the phone number 301-310-1985, the message on the answering was: “Yes, you have reached Captain Woods. Sorry I missed your call. Leave a message and I’ll get back to you at my earliest convenience.” 

Of the scam calls Sheriff High said, “We do not make these calls and I urge citizens who get a call like this to please notify us by calling 301-780-8600 but do not give the caller money or put money on a prepaid card for the caller.”

For more information contact the Communications and Public Affairs Division at 301-780-7354.
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