Woman buys $1,250 in pre-paid credit cards in 'missed jury duty' scam

Published: Dec. 27, 2017 at 3:47 PM EST
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A woman bought $1,250 in pre-paid credit cards in what Kanawha County Sheriff’s deputies say was a scam by someone impersonating a law enforcement officer.

It happened Tuesday to a Cross Lanes woman when a coworker told her a deputy was trying to reach her.

The woman called “Lt. Jackson” who said he was a police officer informing the woman she missed jury duty and must bring money to the federal courthouse within an hour to keep from being arrested.

“Lt. Jackson” told the woman to purchase pre-paid credit cards. She told him the balance did not transfer so she proceeded to buy more – purchasing $1,250 altogether.

The woman was told to wait in front of the federal courthouse in Charleston.

She waited more than an hour before walking across the street to ask about the incident at the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department.

The sheriff’s office reports that its deputies will never demand payment over the phone, explaining that all bonds, fines, and taxes may be paid in person at the Kanawha County Courthouse.

It says it may phone those with outstanding warrants to encourage them to appear in Magistrate Court, but deputies would never demand payment with pre-paid credit cards.

Anyone who has been a victim of a similar scheme or has any information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 304-357-0169.