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Scammer seeks to profit by imposing ‘fines’ on those who missed jury duty, authorities say

Posted Oct 29, 2013 5:33 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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It's no secret that many people blow off jury duty the first time or two they are summoned.

That's given an enterprising Colorado criminal an idea for a scam, in which he calls up individuals and threatens to arrest them if they don't ante up to pay "fines" for not appearing, the Denver Post reports.

Authorities are seeking a man who calls himself Major Tom Wilson and claims to be with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. He asks victims to get debit-like cards to pay the claimed amount due, then read the numbers to him over the phone so he can use them without picking them up.

A spokesman for the sheriff's department notes that it would never demand money from individuals in this manner.

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