Rhode Island's attorney general wants residents to be aware of a sophisticated new scam that involves a call for jury duty.
Here's how it works. Some impersonating a sheriff calls your home phone and threatens to arrest you because you missed jury duty and then demands money.
Authorities say even if you hang up on the call, you're not out of the woods, because the scammers then call your cell phone next. And the threats only get worse from there.
NBC 10 spoke with one woman who was scammed. She said she was almost out $900 from scammers who said they were from the Bristol County Sheriff's department and demanded money from her right away.
The attorney general says so far, most of the scam targets have been 40 and older, but it can happen to anyone.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says his office needs to hear from you if you've been contacted by or have any information about these alleged scammers.
Kilmartin warns that you should never give personal data over the phone, but instead should ask the caller for their information and tell them you will call them back. He also that people will not get arrested for missing jury duty nor would they ever have to pay a fine.
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