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Oakland County residents warned of credit card scam

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

Pontiac — An old telephone scam about missing jury duty is making the rounds again, investigators say.

Residents of several Oakland County communities have reported receiving official-sounding telephone calls from people claiming to be representing the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, Circuit Court or the jury division and advising them they are facing stiff fines for failing to report for jury duty.

The caller — who has left voice messages in some cases — says the person who is called neglected to report for jury duty and a judge has found them in contempt of court. The caller says a fine must be paid to avoid arrest — which can be done by providing a credit card number.

A Waterford Township woman claims to have lost $1,000 in the scam.

County residents should know they are notified of jury duty by mail and a follow-up letter if they don’t respond. The sheriff’s office does not ever act as a collection agency for the court or anyone else and residents should never provide a credit card number to pay a fine over the phone.

mmartindale@detroitnews.com

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