Scam calls hitting Jackson County, Illinois area

A telephone scam is hitting the Jackson County, Illinois area.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says a scammer, claiming to be a representative of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, is calling residents and demanding payment of a fine for failing to report for jury duty.

The caller says a warrant will be issued for the person’s arrest if the fine is not paid. The caller then instructs the person to buy pre-paid debit cards and pay the fine over the phone.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says it does not call citizens demanding payment and does not provide warrant information over the phone.

Anyone who has gotten a call of this nature is asked to call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at (618) 684-2177.

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