Jury duty phone scam reported
Published 1:42 pm, Monday, September 30, 2013
At various times Sept. 27 and 28, police received calls complaining of a phone scam supposedly involving the police themselves.
Complainants said a caller, introducing himself as a fictitious member of the New Canaan Police Department, instructed residents that they'd missed jury duty and potentially would be arrested unless they paid a $2,000 fine, according to the report. The caller said the fine should be paid in the form of a money card, like a Visa gift card, or by wiring it via Western Union.
Police said four New Canaan residents and one Danbury resident were the recipients of the phone calls, but none of them fell for the scam.
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Police advise that they are making no such phone calls, that they are not involved in the jury selection process and would not ask for any fines via gift cards.