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Update: Renewed Warning About Jury Duty Scam

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - It's a scam police on Delmarva have been warning people about for months, and it appears to be rearing its ugly head in Dover again.

The phone scam involves jury duty. The scammer tells the potential victim they failed to show up for jury duty and are now facing hefty fines.

For Lottie Arthur it all began with a voicemail, a man saying he was police chief in Dover and telling her to call back.

"He said there was a warrant out for me for not attending jury duty," she said. "I said, 'I never got a notification for jury duty. He said, 'I'm sorry I have to do this dirty job. You will be fined $250 for court fines and $250 for not showing up at jury duty.'"

Arthur began to cry. She says the man on the phone told her she'd need to bring cash.

"When he said cash, a light went off in my head. I thought, 'This is a scam.' I told him I'd meet him at the police station. He said, 'No, no. Don't go there. They're going to arrest you.'"

Arthur got off the phone and did go to the police.

"I went in anyway. They said, 'You're the third person who has come in today.'"

Dover police said that unfortunately, scams like this are extremely common. Back in May the Dover PD told WBOC the Kent County Sheriff's Office had reports of at least a half dozen of these jury duty scam calls.

Police say normally the scams ask for a phone or wire transfer. And the calls usually come from overseas. So, once money has been sent, there's little that can be done for victims.

Officers warn people to be vigilent. So does Arthur.

"I'd like to warn the elderly citizens, especially in the Dover area, because they might just fall for it," she said.

This jury duty scam is not remotely the only one people need to watch out for. Click here to read more about other kinds of scams.

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