3OYS: Beware of con artists claiming affiliation with MCSO

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by LiAna Gonzales

Video report by Gary Harper

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Updated Thursday, May 1 at 10:23 AM

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Alan and Jennifer Johnson say they're just your average Glendale family.

"We have two kids -- boy and girl -- dog and a pool,” they said.

So Jennifer said she never expected to come home to an urgent voice message from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

“In that moment you feel like you should believe it,” she said.
   
Jennifer called the number back and the man claiming to be Lt. Tommy Daniels answered. He told Jennifer that her husband, Alan, had two warrants out for his arrest. The crime? Missing jury duty.

“I was like, 'What are you talking about? I get our mail. We haven't had any jury duty summons,'" she said.

But Jennifer said the man was very persuasive. He told Jennifer that if her husband didn't pay a fine of roughly $700 he could be sent to jail.

"It does make you panic and it makes you stressed," she said. "It felt very overwhelming."
    
But Jennifer said something about the call just didn't feel right. So she hung up and decided to call her police department. And that's when they told her that it was a scam.

"She said, 'Honey, we don't send warrants out for jury duty,'" Jennifer said.

3 On Your Side got a hold of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and they confirmed that they are aware of this type of scam.

They stated, "Deputies will not call someone and tell them they have warrants and then demand money." 

Alan and Jennifer said they're just happy they didn't fall for it, but want to warn others about this convincing scam.

"The more people that can hear this story, it's just a refresher to think about it, to double-check the facts and not just give money to someone over the phone,” Alan said.
 

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