JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — A man claiming to be a major with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is calling people in the area telling them they missed jury duty and they are going to be arrested unless they buy $500 in money cards.
According to a spokesman with the sheriff’s office, the caller introduces himself as Major Tom Wilson.
He tells the victim they missed jury duty and are going to be arrested, said Mark Techmeyer.
“The suspect told the victims they could avoid going to jail if they would go to Wal-Mart or Walgreens and buy $500 ‘Green Dot MoneyPak’ cards,” Techmeyer said.
The cards supposedly cover fines for failing to appear for jury duty.
The victim is supposed to call the major back and tell him the card numbers, which make the card’s funds available to anyone with the number.
Green Dot MoneyPak cards are reloadable debit cards, commonly available, which can be used to pay phone, cable, or credit card bills. They’re typically for people who don’t have bank accounts.
“Scammers like them because they’re more convenient than a money wire, but just as untraceable,” Techmeyer said.
“The sheriff’s office will never call a citizen and ask for payment of any kind,” Techmeyer said.
He added that one victim deputies have been told about was an at-risk adult who even provided the card numbers to the scammer.
Deputies have received over 10 reports from citizens about the same scam.
If you received a call similar to this and have yet to report it, you are encouraged to do so by calling 303-271-0211. If you have information about these crimes, you are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office tip line at 303-271-5612.