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Colorado Springs residents should beware of 'jury-duty' phone scams

October 1, 2016 Updated: October 1, 2016 at 9:42 pm
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Phone scammers are trying to cheat local residents out of hundreds of dollars by telling them they are being arrested for missed jury duty dates, according to a news release from Colorado Springs police.

In recent weeks, the department has received several complaints from people who said they were called by someone who claimed to be an El Paso County Sheriff's Office deputy. In each of the cases, the caller has said an arrest warrant has been issued with a $900 bond. He also gives residents the option to "clear it up" by paying $495, police said.

The sheriff's office would never call citizens to tell them they have arrest warrants, allow them to "clear" warrants, or ask for money, police said.

Citizens concerned about fraudulent phone calls can call Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jackie Kirby at 520-7183 or email jacquelinekirby@elpasoco.com.

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Contact Rachel Riley: 636-0108

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