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Sheriff's Office warns public of telephone scam

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is warning the public of scammers who ask for money due to a failed appearance for jury duty.

Residents have contacted the Sheriff's Office to report receiving a call from someone claiming to be a deputy sheriff, sheriff's officials said.

The caller tells the person that he or she must pay fees by purchasing a Green Dot prepaid debit card or face arrest, according to the Sheriff's Office.

A law enforcement agency would never call asking for money or threaten arrest for anyone failing to report for jury duty, sheriff's officials said.

Sheriff's officials are reminding the public not to provide personal information such as Social Security numbers and credit card information to callers.

— Bay City News Service

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