Jury duty scam targets Macomb County residents

Robert Snell
The Detroit News

A caller posing as a law enforcement officer tried to scam Washington Township residents by claiming they owed money for missing jury duty, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

The caller tried to defraud at least three township residents by telling them they faced arrest unless they paid via a money order.

The residents were instructed to purchase the money order at a convenience store and give the caller the routing number, according to the sheriff’s office.

The three separate incidents happened Wednesday.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham encouraged residents to report similar calls to local police departments.

“The sheriff’s office is actively investigating these predatory calls,” Wickersham said in a statement. “We caution everyone to be wary of any attempts to obtain money under suspicious circumstances. No law enforcement agency will demand money under threat of arrest.”

The county’s jury process is managed by the Macomb County Clerk’s office, which never asks jurors for money.

“When these scammers are caught, we look forward to giving them an opportunity to have a jury of their peers,” Clerk Carmella Sabaugh said in a statement.

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