Boone County Sheriff's Department reports phone scam

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 | 5:39 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A Boone County resident received three scam phone calls Monday evening asking the resident for money for failure to appear for jury duty.

The caller, who said he was a sergeant with the Boone County Sheriff's Department, said there was a warrant out for the resident's arrest for failing to appear, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Department. The caller asked the resident to purchase a $500 cash reserve card from Walgreens and then to read back the card number to clear them of the warrant.

The resident recognized the call as a scam and didn't comply with the caller's directions.

The department tried to trace the number but ran into a dead end, Maj. Tom Reddin said. The department didn't believe the call was local.

"There are so many (scam calls) that the best medicine is to get the word out to the community," Reddin said.

The Sheriff's Department doesn't make phone calls regarding failures to report for jury duty and doesn't ask citizens to obtain cash reserve cards for them.

If a person were to actually miss jury duty, a uniformed deputy would serve in-person an order to appear in court to explain why the person failed to report for jury duty, according to the release.

Supervising editor is Elise Schmelzer.

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