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Missoula County residents warned of jury duty scam

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MISSOULA - The Missoula County Sheriff's Office has issued a scam warning.

Individuals claiming to be from the Sheriff’s Office have been calling various professionals in the Missoula area recently stating that they have failed to appear for jury duty and that there are warrants out for their arrest.

The Sheriff's Office reports the scammers are fairly sophisticated, calling from a 406 number which when called, the victims report leads to recording identifying itself as the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office and leading to a genuine-sounding phone tree for various “detectives”.

At least one victim was badgered into obtaining $900.00 in prepaid visa cards and providing the activation numbers in order to pay “fines." The victim was then instructed to come to the Sheriff’s Office and ask for a specific person.

MCSO reports they will never call and demand fines be paid over the phone, will never call and threaten arrest if fines aren’t paid and will not accept pre-paid visa or gift cards by way of fines.

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