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Rankin County sheriff warns residents of jury duty scam

Sheriff Bryan Bailey (Source: WLBT) Sheriff Bryan Bailey (Source: WLBT)
RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Rankin County Sheriff's Department wants citizens to be aware of a jury duty scam that is happening again within the county.

The sheriff's department said between December 4-8, 2015, their office received nine complaints of a telephone jury duty scam targeting citizens of Rankin County.

Sheriff Bryan Bailey said in all of the cases the citizens were contacted by male suspects who stated they were deputies with the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office. The suspects told the victims that they had missed jury duty and a warrant had been issued for their arrest. The victims were all told that the only way to avoid arrest was to immediately pay a fine ranging from $500.00 to $900.00.

The “Spoofed” numbers showing up on the victims’ caller ID's were: (601)215-4196, (601) 215-4038 and (601) 844-331.

The fictitious deputies names used were: Lt. Haines, Deputy Bradley, Deputy David Bradley and Corporal Wright.

Sheriff Bailey wants the citizens to know that no deputy would ever call and ask for money over the telephone.

Bailey said, "All court fines are collected by the courts, not the sheriff. A proper receipt is always issued to a person paying fines in Rankin County. In my 29 years of law enforcement, I have never seen anyone arrested for not reporting for jury duty".

Sheriff Bailey wants all citizens to also be on guard for anyone who calls about any issue and it involves a “Green Dot” card or gift card. It is a scam and hang up and contact the sheriff’s office or local law enforcement immediately. Do not conduct any business transactions over the phone that you did not initiate.

Bailey said the investigation is continuing and deputies are trying to trace the fake numbers used in the scam. It is strongly suspected that the calls are originating from out of state.

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