Maine Sheriff Warns Of New “Jury Duty” Scam
There have always been people who try to scam others out of their hard earned money, but technology has allowed for some of these scams to be turned up to 11! And, I don't necessarily mean technology of the last 20 years (like social media), either. Even the phone and mail have made some of these scams easier to pull off.
According to WGME, Kennebec County Sheriff Ken Mason is warning the public about a new scam that comes in the form of a letter.
This new scam involves jury duty. Or, rather, missed jury duty. Recently, a scam target showed up at the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office with a letter claiming the recipient had missed jury duty and needed to pay a fine or face arrest. The message was signed "Sheriff Kevin Moore".
Yeah, Kevin Moore is not the sheriff of Kennebec County. For those who don't know, the Kennebec County Sheriff is Ken Mason.
In the article on the news site, Mason explains that the sheriff's office will never demand a payment over arrest warrants or missed jury duty.
Clearly, you should be extra suspicious of ANYONE who requests any type of payment in the form of non-traditional funds. Gift cards or Bitcoin, for example.
This should serve as another reminder that we really need to keep an eye on those most vulnerable to scams - our older loved ones. Sadly, they can often be confused and trick into giving away money or other valuables. You can protect them simply by asking that they reach out to you if anyone unknown to them asks for money (or gift cards).