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Hunterdon County authorities warn of jury duty scam after woman pays $1,500

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – A jury duty scam is making the rounds in Hunterdon County, and this time it cost one woman $1,500.

On Feb. 25, numerous scam calls were received, allegedly from the Hunterdon County Sheriff’s Office, telling people that they had failed to report for jury duty, Acting Hunterdon County Prosecutor Michael J. Williams said.

The caller stated that warrants were going to be issued for their arrest unless they paid a fee to avoid issuance. One woman paid $1,500 in green dot cards to avoid being arrested, Williams said.

“The Hunterdon County Sheriff’s Office will never contact anyone demanding money to avoid arrest. The IRS, Social Security, utility companies, or any other reputable company will not call demanding immediate payment. All citizens should be reminded to never give out any personal information or make any payments over the phone. Anyone receiving a scam call should contact their local police department to report the call,” Hunterdon County Sheriff Frederick W. Brown said.

Following a few simple precautions, most people can avoid becoming a victim of a confidence scheme.

  • E-mails: Do not reply to unsolicited emails or links attached to e-mails.
  • Telephone Callers: Do not engage in conversations with anyone you do not know, especially about
    money.
  • Verify: If you are suspicious, contact the company or agency the caller allegedly represents by using the
    official listing for their customer service.
  • Scare tactics are used by thieves to demand money or personal information. Do not simply accept as
    valid telephone calls, e-mails, and threats concerning bad credit, police, arrest, investigation, or an audit
    from an alleged governmental agency; you must verify. These are scams meant to scare unsuspecting
    persons into hastily fulfilling such demands.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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