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Lake County: Jury duty phone scam making the rounds

The sheriff's office says the scammer is telling people they missed their jury duty date and are required to pay a fine.

LAKE COUNTY, Ohio — EDITOR'S NOTE: The video in the player above is from a previous, unrelated story.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a phone scam regarding missed jury duty.

According to the sheriff's Facebook page, the caller says they are a deputy or other law enforcement officer with another agency. The scammer then tells the person on the other end of the line that they missed their scheduled jury duty assignment and they are now responsible for paying a fine to remove the warrant against them. The scammer tells the victim that they need to purchase gift cards and bring them to a county building, where a deputy or someone else will meet them to get the gift cards. Upon arrival, the scammer tells the victim they aren't available to meet them and asks the victim to give them the gift card numbers over the phone.

"THIS IS A SCAM!!! The Sheriff's Office, any Police Agency, any federal agency or any COURT will NEVER request that you pay a fine by phone, purchase gift cards or threaten arrest unless you pay an amount of money upfront," the Sheriff's Office Facebook post explains.

Multiple comments on the post claim to have received the call.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The video in the player below is from a previous, unrelated story.

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