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SCSO warns of active ‘jury duty’ scam in Englewood area

Report calls immediately to local law enforcement.

Report calls imme­di­ately to local law enforcement.

By Ken Klein­lein
Crime Scene

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – I was con­tacted Thurs­day by the Sara­sota County Sheriff’s Office rel­a­tive to the scam below. To date, vic­tims – mostly seniors – have lost approx­i­mately $20,000 in this con game involv­ing a jury duty scam in the South County (Venice/Englewood) area.

Accord­ing to the SCSO:

The scam­mer pur­ports him­self to be local law enforce­ment and tells the vic­tims that because they failed to appear for jury duty there is a war­rant for their arrest.  He then advises the war­rant can be taken care of if the vic­tims pur­chase sev­eral thou­sand dol­lars worth of “Reload-It” pre­paid cards.

The scam­mer will keep the vic­tims on the phone con­stantly through­out the scam and. once the vic­tims pur­chase the cards. he will have them scratch off, then read the PIN num­bers to him over the phone.  He will then order them to mail the cards to a local address that appears official.”

This is a scam, and should be reported imme­di­ately to local law enforcement.

Ken Klein­lein is a for­mer detec­tive with the NYPD spe­cial frauds squad coor­di­nat­ing with local, state, and fed­eral law enforce­ment, and cer­ti­fied secu­rity com­pa­nies on mat­ters of crime pre­ven­tion and pub­lic information.

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