Crime & Courts

Union authorities warn of jury duty scam calls

The Union County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a scam involving someone identifying himself as a sheriff’s office employee.

Authorities said they have been contacted by a number of residents who report being called by a man who identified himself as Detective Michael Blackman of the sheriff’s office. There is no employee by that name working for the sheriff’s office, authorities said.

The caller tells people that they failed to appear for jury duty, and to prevent going to jail, they must purchase Green Dot Money Pack cards from CVS or Walgreen and supply the scammer with the cards numbers. Sheriff’s office officials said some residents are spending up to $1,200 on the cards and giving the numbers to the scammer, thus losing all their money.

The sheriff’s office said the calls have been coming from a number identified as 704-223-5433.