CMPD warns about jury duty scam

07/02/2014 12:20 PM

07/02/2014 1:48 PM

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they are responding to reports of a scam in which the scammers claim to be working for the police department.

Financial Crimes detectives said scammers call residents and claim to be with the “CMPD Warrant Division.” Victims are told a warrant has been issued for them, because they failed to appear for jury duty.

According to detectives, the scammers then tell victims to buy Money Pack cards to pay off the warrant and then meet the caller at police headquarters. Before that happens, however, the scammers call the victim again and ask for the serial numbers from the back of the Money Pack cards.

Armed with the numbers, the scammers then use the Money Pack cards themselves, police said.

The callers even go so far as to record a message on their voice mail, saying that the phone number is with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Detectives said the public should remember that no law enforcement agency will call or email a person, asking for credit card information or Money Pack numbers in connection with a warrant.

Anyone who is contacted is asked to call 311, police said.

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