Thursday, May 29, 2014

Leland woman says she lost $5,400 in jury duty phone scam

LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- A 63-year-old woman says she is still shaken up after a man fooled her out of thousands of dollars.

She is not the first victim to fall prey to this scam that now has the attention of federal investigators.

The woman, who did not want to go on camera, says a man called her claiming to be a sheriff's deputy saying that she had missed jury duty and had an active warrant out for her arrest. She says the caller told her if she paid $2,700, she would be free from the warrant and clear of any further charges.

The victim says she agreed to pay and says the caller told her to go to a nearby Rite Aid to buy prepaid credit cards to do it. The woman says she bought the wrong cards at first, so she went back and spent another $2,700 on the right ones.

The victim says she thinks the man who called her targeted her based on information from her late husband's obituary.