By Ken Kleinlein
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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