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Jury duty phone scam now targeting Oconee County residents

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Phone scammers are now trying to bilk Oconee County residents out of money by claiming the victims had missed jury duty and must pat pay a fine.

The Oconee County Sheriff's Office issued a warning on Tuesday after a senior citizen in Westminster reported having received a fraudulent phone call on Monday.

Deputies said the scammer called the victim and claimed to be a court worker. "The caller stated that the gentlemen was being levied a fine for not appearing for jury duty," said Jimmy Watt, sheriff's office spokesman. "The gentlemen told the caller that he had not received anything in the mail that he was to appear for jury duty."

The caller told the victim the fines should be paid immediately by purchasing a green dot card.

Deputies said the caller appeared to be local.

Deputies advise residents not to send any money or provide any personal information if they receive similar phone calls.

"Residents who are asked to be on jury duty will be sent a letter in the mail, or in some cases, a law enforcement officer will bring the letter to the individual's home," Watt said.

Anyone who receives a similar phone call is asked to call the Oconee County Sheriff's Office if they or the local law enforcement agency.

Law enforcement agencies across the state have reported similar scams, including Greenville County, Spartanburg County, and Clemson.

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