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Jury summons scam in West Texas uses PayPal

Published On: Aug 06 2014 09:11:46 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 09 2014 11:34:13 AM CDT

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) -

A jury summons scam in West Texas has gone high-tech with a caller demanding payment of a $1,000 fine via PayPal or the person faces arrest.

Midland County Sheriff's Gary Painter on Wednesday said the man makes random calls, tells people they failed to show up for jury duty and must immediately pay online. The caller promises a courthouse meeting to provide a receipt.

He never shows up. A callback number from the man is bogus.

Painter was contacted Tuesday about an elderly woman who fell for the scheme. He says at least one other person was contacted but did not pay. The sheriff says anyone else receiving such fake jury duty calls and online payment demands should contact investigators.

A message left with California-based PayPal wasn't immediately returned Wednesday.