Sheriff warns of new twist in old phone scam

Sheriff warns of new twist in old phone scam
(FOX19 NOW File)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Scammers are using a new in trick an old phone scam that attempts to convince people that they have missed jury duty.

Now, criminals are posing as Sheriff Lieutenants and using actual names of employees at the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, according to a warning issued by Sheriff Jim Neil.

The phony sheriff's official then tells the victim they have missed a court appearance or jury duty and demands payment to avoid immediate arrest or the issuance of an arrest warrant.

The caller instructs individuals to provide payment utilizing a credit card or prepaid debit card, Neil said.

Neil wants residents to know that the sheriff's office will never contact you via telephone and ask you to pay a fine. Anyone who receives a similar call should never give out personal information or account numbers.

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