(KMOV.com) – Authorities are advising St. Louis area residents to be on the lookout for a new scam.
Authorities said the culprit calls victims and tells them there is a warrant for their arrest because they missed jury duty.
According to police, he will then ask a victim to go to a store such as Wal Mart to purchase a pre-paid debit card to pay a fine that he claims is punishment for missing jury duty. Police said the culprit will then ask the victim to call a phone number and read the card’s serial or scratch off number over the phone.
Authorities said the scammer then tells the victim that the warrant is cancelled. Once the culprit has the numbers associated with the card, he can change its value.
Officials with the City of St. Louis said a real jury summons will come in the mail six weeks before court proceedings begin and any potential juror may be asked to call or appear before that date.
If the potential juror does not respond, a second notice is sent out; if that person does respond after a second request, a third summons is mailed. Authorities said the third notice is mailed with a letter. If the potential juror does not respond after that, that person can be arrested or fined.