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Oakland County residents, be warned: If you get a phone call about jury duty, claiming a warrant has been issued and you owe a fine for missing a date and threatening arrest if you don’t pay it, hang up, then notify the authorities. It’s a scam, so said Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard in a release to the media on Thursday.

“Some residents have received calls from individuals claiming to be Sheriff’s Office employees or IRS agents,” the release said, “alleging that they must pay money to the IRS or they would face being arrested.”

That’s not how actual law enforcement officers would handle the situation, Bouchard said.

“No law enforcement agency or court make intimidating phone calls and demand money from citizens,” Bouchard said in the release. “We ask everyone to be vigilant and to trust your instincts if you receive these type of calls. These phone calls unfortunately target innocent individuals and these scam artists use legitimate names to try and cheat people out of money.”

Judge Nanci Grant, chief of the 6th Circuit Court, where scammers say the missed jury duty days occurred, added that “the Circuit Court does not call residents and threaten them to pay fines for not reporting to jury duty. ... Please report these incidents immediately to your local law enforcement agency.”

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