86-year-old Rutherford Co. woman latest victim of phone scam - WFSB 3 Connecticut

86-year-old Rutherford Co. woman latest victim of phone scam

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An 86-year-old woman is the latest victim of a jury duty phone scam in Rutherford County. She got a call from a man Tuesday claiming to be a Mr. Johnson from the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office.

He told her she missed jury duty and she needed to pay more than $650 or face a contempt warrant charge.

The victim was told to purchase a Money Pak Green Dot card, so she did and gave the scammer the information on the card.

She was then told to go to the judicial building to finalize the process.

"He told me I had to do all of this in a hurry because they were closing in an hour and that they'll be here to arrest me in the morning if I didn't do it. I went along with that story and I should have known because he had the wrong name. He had my nickname and not my legal name," said the woman, who wanted to remain anonymous for this story.

Earlier this year, several other Rutherford County residents fell victim to the same scam in which a man claimed to be a Lt. Johnson from the sheriff's office.

Murfreesboro police and Rutherford County Sheriff's officials are investigating the cases.​ If you get a call similar to this, hang up and contact law enforcement.

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