The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department is passing along a warning from Rock County after a jury duty scam is surfacing there.

Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden reports that a man is contacting residents and identifying him as a deputy sheriff investigating their failure to appear for jury duty.

The phony deputy tells the intended victim that a warrant has been issued for their arrest for not showing up, but that the warrant can be quashed by paying a fee. Victims are instructed to purchase gift cards and place money on them, then meet the scammer to hand them over.

Police say the scam is yet another reminder that anyone asking for gift or money cards is likely a scammer. Anyone who has been the victim of such a crime should contact local police.

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