Jury Duty Phone Scam

An urgent warning about a scam that is targeting victims from coast to coast.
3:00 | 11/17/14

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A zimpbt twist to scammers depending to be low enforcement officers who dupe people to give them thousands of dollars. Here is Clayton Sandell, on what you need to know. Reporter: When Julia came home to a voice mail from lieutenant at at sheriff's department, she took it seriously. He said there was a warrant out for my arrest, I had not attended jury duty. Reporter: She was told to pay with a cash card you buy at a convenience store. Once you give them the number, it's gone. I thought I was educated and immune to something like this. Reporter: It's called the jury duty scam and states around the country are the reporting victims. Take a listen to this scam artist taking to a deputy in Virginia. Normally, we don't make the phone calls. We proceed to the address and place the defendant in custody. How do I fix it? I just want to know how to fix it. I just want to know, I have never been in trouble before. Reporter: They are not the only scam artists posing as government officials. I called one who claimed I owed back taxes. Am I in trouble with the irs? Yeah, the amount you paid in 2011-'12 was not the current amount. So you owe $1498.37 to the irs. Reporter: The reality is, if the irs or the court system needs to contact you, you will get a letter in the mail. We will never ask you to give personal information, credit card information, over the phone. Reporter: Police tonight are warning, don't take the bait and scammers won't take you. Clayton Sandell, ABC news, Denver.

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