Deputies: Beware of jury duty scam

A "jury duty" scam has been reported in our area. Authorities say they will never tell someone...
A "jury duty" scam has been reported in our area. Authorities say they will never tell someone to pay off a warrant with gift cards.
Published: May. 19, 2022 at 5:41 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Authorities want you to know of a scam going around our area.

Bay County Sheriff’s Deputies say they received a complaint about a phone call a local woman received. She says the person on the phone identified himself as a deputy with the sheriff’s office. The woman says the scammer told her she had missed jury duty and there was a warrant out for her arrest. The scammer then told her that if she paid him with gift cards.

The woman says she hung up right away.

Sheriff Tommy Ford says a deputy from the sheriff’s office will never call someone to tell them about a warrant and pressure them to buy gift cards to avoid arrest.

They say sometimes the scammer will find out the name of a real deputy and use it. Deputies say if you are unsure, hang up and call the sheriff’s office to see if the call is legitimate.

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