ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Abilene police are warning the public of ‘Jury Notice’ scammers calling citizens to collect fraudulent fines.
Victims of these scammers report they received a call from an individual pretending to be a ‘Sgt. Wilson’ “who told them that they had missed jury duty and were now being fined $500. The suspect demanded payment in the form of green dot cards, which are akin to pre-paid debit cards,” according to a press release.
The press release states at least one victim fell for the scam and paid the suspects $2,500.
These scammers may be using the phone number (325)267-8166 to communicate with the victims.
Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge released the following statement on the ‘Jury Notice’ phone scams:
The Police Department anticipates these scams will continue. Citizens are urged to never provide payments over the phone related to such scams, and if in doubt, please call your local police department before exchanging any money over the phone. Legitimate law enforcement authorities will never demand payments over the phone, so do not fall for any such scams.