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Solano Co. Residents Warned Against Jury Summons Scam

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Solano County residents are advised to be on alert for fraudulent phone calls in a jury duty scam, a sheriff’s deputy said today.

The caller, who claims to be with the county sheriff’s office, tells citizens that they failed to appear for a Grand Jury summons and must pay $2,000 to dismiss a felony warrant against them, Deputy Daryl Snedeker said.

The calls appear to be coming from the 707 area code, Snedeker said.

The caller asks the citizen to place the money on a re-loadable, pre-paid Green Dot debit Visa or Mastercard, then asks the citizen for the 16-digit card number on the back of the Green Dot card, Snedeker said.

The fraudulent calls have no connection to the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, the county’s Grand Jury or any other law enforcement agency. Anyone who receives such a call should contact local law enforcement, Snedeker said.

Citizens should try to save the caller’s phone number and inform police. The calls are similar to those made in Ventura County in February, Snedeker said.

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