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    Jury duty phone scammer still thriving in Jeffco

    Jefferson County, CO. – The jury duty scam artist that first hit Jeffco citizens on September 2nd and 3rd has not stopped. In September, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received over ten reports from citizens who received phones calls from a man pretending to be a Major with the Sheriff’s Office. The man introduced himself as “Major Tom Wilson,” and told the victims that they had missed jury duty and were going to be arrested.

    The suspect told the victims they could avoid going to jail if they would go to Wal-Mart or Walgreens and buy $1000 “Green Dot MoneyPak” cards. The cards would supposedly cover the fines for failing to appear for jury duty. The suspect instructed the victim to buy the cards, scratch off the numbers on the back, and provide those numbers to the suspect. Anyone the cardholder shares the number with, has instant access to the cash.

    On October 25th, the suspect convinced a victim to buy $6000 worth of Green Dot MoneyPak cards before she suspected that it was a scam. In a separate incident on October 26th, the suspect insisted on staying on the phone with a victim as he drove to the store to buy the cards. While on the way to the store, the victim was pulled over by law enforcement. A Jeffco deputy got on the phone with the suspect, and the suspect was brazen enough to insist that he was who he said he was. The suspect said if the deputy did not allow the victim to continue to the store, he would have the deputy disciplined. He told the deputy did not allow the transaction to continue, he would have the deputy arrested for interfering and contempt of court.

    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. The cards are not linked to bank accounts – the money is on the card.

    The Sheriff’s Office will never call a citizen and ask for payment of any kind.

    If you live in unincorporated Jefferson County Colorado, and 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.

    Jacki Kelley
    Public Information Director

    Mark Techmeyer
    Public Information Officer

    October 29, 2013

    Last Updated: 11-19-2013