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North Bay Law Enforcement Agencies Warning Residents About Lottery And Jury Duty Phone Scams

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Two North Bay law enforcement agencies are warning the public about two different telephone scams.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said residents have received calls informing them they failed to report to jury duty and a warrant has been issued for their arrest, Sgt. Nina Snyder said.

The caller informed the residents they could pay a bail or fee, in one case as much as $2,000, to avoid arrest. None of the residents fell for the scam and sent money, Snyder said.

The sheriff’s office said it would never call residents to inform them they missed jury duty or to demand money, Snyder said.

These types of scams are becoming more common and often target older residents who might be less likely to question the authenticity of the call, Snyder said.

Petaluma police said city residents are receiving calls informing them they have won the Publisher’s Clearing House lottery.

The scammer puts the resident in contact with the “legal” department to arrange for the victim to send money for the delivery of the lottery winnings, police said.

The caller’s area code is 404 and the phone number is not a legitimate business, police said. The caller also claims to be from a law firm with the name Sterns in the title, police said.

Police are urging Petaluma residents to call them if they receive a scam phone call.

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