CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio — EDITOR'S NOTE: The video above is from an unrelated story that aired on May 3, 2022.
The Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs is warning residents of a jury duty scam targeting teachers in Northeastern Ohio.
Multiple teachers in Cleveland have fell victim to the scam. Recent scam calls have been reported in Strongsville and Cleveland.
One teacher in Northeastern Ohio lost $2,000 to the jury duty scam.
According to Cuyahoga County officials, the scam involves an individual calling the school, posing as a deputy, and asking for teachers by name. The fictitious deputy tells the teacher that they missed jury duty and that a judge will issue a warrant for their arrest.
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The scammer proceeds to scare teachers by telling them to pay a penalty to avoid being arrested.
Reports from Cuyahoga County say that scammers tell teachers to leave the school and go to the Justice Center. While heading to the Justice Center, the scammer tells the victim to purchase gift cards or reloadable cards in order to pay the fine.
All teachers who receive one of these calls are asked to immediately report the jury duty arrest calls to Scam Squad at (216) 443-SCAM or at cuyahogacounty.us/scamsquad.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The video above is from an unrelated story that aired on 3News on May 11, 2022.